MOSCOW, Russia — At least eight people were killed and five others wounded when at least one car exploded outside a Moscow subway station, police said.
An official with the Interior Ministry said there is a “high probability” it was a terrorist act.
The official said that two scenarios were under investigation — that a female suicide bomber detonated the blast, or that a bomb had been placed under a car.
The blast occurred Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) outside the Rizhskaya subway station, near the city center.
A score of emergency and police vehicles rushed to the scene, and police cordoned off the area around the blackened car that apparently exploded, The Associated Press reported.
Police said the explosion shattered doors and windows in the station vestibule, Russian news agencies reported.
Alexei Borodin, 29, told AP that he heard “a very powerful bang. Something flew past my head, I don’t know what it was.”
“There were people lying in the square,” he said.
The blast occurred a week after two Russian passenger planes crashed minutes apart, brought down by explosions believed brought on board by Chechen suicide bombers.