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Bus Stop Blasts Hit Russian City

Three people have died in a series of bomb attacks at bus stops in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, say police. At least 17 others were hurt. A law enforcement source told Russia’s Interfax news agency the blasts appeared to be the work of Chechen rebels. Police said they were treating the explosions as terrorism. The blasts happened in residential areas within a few minutes of each other at around 0730 local time (0330 GMT). Police sources quoted by Itar-Tass said all three devices were loaded with ball bearings and other pieces of metal. The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Moscow says there are conflicting reports about exactly what happened, but local police say a 60-year-old man was killed on the spot and two women died later in hospital. Krasnodar is close to the troubled Caucasus region, and city police were already on high alert. Investigators were trying to trace the type of explosive device used. Full Story

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