Terrorist blast kills at least 5, injures 20 in Volgograd, central Russia
An unknown explosive device has detonated in a bus in Volgograd, situated 1,000km to the south-east of Moscow, killing at least five people and injuring 20. A terrorist attack is now viewed as the cause of the blast.
A terrorist act has been confirmed by the National Anti-terrorist Committee.
“Today at 14.05 Moscow time [10:05 GMT] in Volgograd inside a bus, as a result of an unknown explosive device going off, a blast happened, leading to casualties,” a national Anti-terrorist Committee representative told Itar-TASS.
Local police have ordered all movement of minivan buses to be halted.
“Control headquarters is coordinating fast response services, as well as security forces, to prevent more explosions from happening,” he said.
Twenty people were injured in the blast, seven of them are in critical condition.
Forty passengers were on the bus.
Russia’s Emergency Ministry is ready to send a plane to Volgograd to evacuate the injured to Moscow, according to the official representative of the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius.
Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is an important industrial city and the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast located in the South of Russia.
At the present time more than 1 million people live in the city.
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