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Apartment Blast in Grozny Kills 11

An explosion ripped through an apartment house in the Chechen capital of Grozny early Friday, killing at least 11 people, officials said. The chief regional prosecutor said the blast was probably caused by a natural gas leak. Gas explosions are common in apartment buildings across Russia, and Chechnya prosecutor Vladimir Kravchenko said it appeared the blast was not a terrorist act, the Interfax news agency reported. Chechnya’s Deputy Emergencies Minister Akhmed Dzhairkhanov said the bodies of 11 victims were pulled from the rubble eight children, two women and one man. The Interfax news agency said several of the dead were members of one family. Three other children were injured in the blast, which caused part of the five-story building to collapse, emergency officials said. The explosion severely damaged two floors of the building and partially destroyed another. Full Story

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