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Explosion Hits Russian Train Near Chechnya

A passenger train traveling from Moscow to a provincial capital in southern Russia was hit by an explosion early Saturday, derailing seven cars and lightly injuring about six people, officials said. No one was killed. The train was bound for Vladikavkaz, the capital of the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, when an explosive device detonated near the village of Elkhotovo at 7:27 a.m. local time, said Alan Doyev, a spokesman for the regional police. He said the explosion happened between the third and fourth cars. The force of the blast derailed seven cars, carrying sleeping passengers. Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency said the train had 18 cars. An official in the Interior Ministry, who asked not to be identified, said that six people were injured. Sergei Kozhemyaka of the southern region’s Emergency Situations Ministry, said the injuries were all light and suffered by people who fell from the top bunks in the sleeping carriages. Full Story

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