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Moscow Tunnel Bombing Death Toll Rises to 8

Aired August 10, 2000 - 1:37 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: In Russia, an eighth person has died from Tuesday's bombing in central Moscow. The explosion at an underground pedestrian tunnel wounded almost 100 other people. There have been no arrests and the city remains on edge.

Our Steve Harrigan has some of the survivors' stories.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

STEVE HARRIGAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Marina, 25, was on her way home from church.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): It was like when a light bulb explodes. There was a pop, then a spark, then a wave of force bounced me off the walls. I fell twice, then I understood what was happening. I covered my nose and mouth and ran for the exit. I'm scared, I'm in pain, I'm angry. I guess the main thing is, I'm alive. I was coming from church. That's probably why God saved me.

HARRIGAN: Vladimir, 27, was standing next to his girlfriend. She was unharmed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): All I could see were flames -- flames everywhere. I started running and my hair was on fire. I could feel my face burning. But it's better not to think about it, otherwise you'll be afraid of everything because it can happen anywhere -- in your apartment, on the street. If you're going to live like that, you might as well go into the forest and hang yourself.

HARRIGAN: Boris's son is in the Russian Army.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I came here to remember the people who died. Before, when our country was at war, people would go off and die in the war. But these are peaceful people who died. This is peacetime. It is not human beings who did this, it is wild animals. Even animals do not permit themselves to behave this way.

HARRIGAN: Steve Harrigan, CNN, Moscow.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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