Bomb Hits Russian Bus

Five dead, 17 injured in Volgograd
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2013 7:16 AM CDT
Bomb Hits Russian Bus
A 1979 map of the Volgograd region.   (Wikimedia)

A bomb blast rocked a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd today, killing at least five people and injuring 17 others, officials said. The blast was caused by "an unspecified explosive device," the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement. There was no immediate information about who might have carried out the bombing or why. Investigators are currently on the scene.

A total of 40 people were on the city bus at the time of the explosion, according to a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. Many of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition, the state news agency ITAR-Tass reported. (Read more Russia stories.)

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