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Eyewitness: Moscow Metro attacks

Yulia Shapovalova, a presenter for the Russia Today TV station, was at one of the Moscow Metro stations at the time of the explosion. She describes what happened.

Yulia Shapovalova
Yulia Shapovalova: "I could feel the vibration in the air"

I was going home after my nightshift. I work not far from Park Kultury station. I entered the station and noticed that there was a huge crowd of people there.

As I got to the platform, waiting for the Red line train, I heard a loud announcement asking us to leave the Red line and move to the Circle line instead.

The announcement didn't mention that 40 minutes earlier there was an explosion at Lubyanka station. It only said that there were technical problems on the line.

So we all shuffled around and started walking up really slowly because the escalators weren't working. As I was nearly reaching the top of the stairs, I heard an explosion.

It wasn't very loud, but it was quite intense, quite powerful. I could feel the vibration in the air.

It was the right decision not to inform passengers about the earlier attack. Maybe because of that, people kept so calm

At that point everyone wanted to get out of the building. We all gathered at the square right in front of the station building, beginning to realise what had happened.

Everyone started calling their relatives. I have to say, there wasn't much panic. People kept very calm.

I saw a young woman emerging from the station, all covered in blood. Then another one followed, she seemed shaken and was crying. I managed to get close to her and asked her what happened. She said that she was very close to the blast and that she was very, very scared.

Then another woman came out, she was very emotional and was loudly praising God for saving her life.

Being a journalist I started filming with my mobile phone. My pictures were one of the first to be shown. Emergency cars and ambulances arrived pretty quickly.

Soon I got pushed back and told not to film anymore. In Russia it's considered really bad taste to take photos or film while something so tragic has happened.

I think it was the right decision not to inform passengers about the earlier attack. Maybe because of that, people kept so calm. I've heard that there were minor stampedes in other places, but nothing major.

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