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Moscow Market Blast Possible Act of Terrorism — Russian Emergency Officials

Mos News | August 21 2006

A powerful blast ripped through a market in eastern Moscow on Monday morning, Russian emergency officials reported. Preliminary reports said the blast was triggered by a hand-made explosive device, although police earlier blamed the explosion on a faulty gas cylinder, the Gazeta.Ru news website reported.

The latest reports say at least ten people were killed and about 30 injured.

“The explosion occurred at around 10:30 a.m., at 2 Sirenevy Boulevard [eastern Moscow],” a police source told the RIA-Novosti news agency. “Then the fire broke out,” he added.

Fire brigades and rescuers arrived at the scene.

The Emergency Ministry said the blast occurred after a hand-made explosive device went off at the market.

Some reports said two blasts had been registered at the market, the first having occurred at 10:01, the second followed fifteen minutes later. The blasts caused the market roof to collapse, the ministry said.


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