Explosion at Russian railway station kills 2, injures 20
A bomb ripped through a railway station insouthern Russia on Wednesday night,
killing two people and wounding some 20 others, news reports said.
The blast occurred around 7 p.m. (1500 GMT) near the ticketoffice at the
railway station in the city of Armavir, a mainrailway junction in the
northern Caucasus Mountains 1,200kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow.
Of those wounded, two were hospitalized in serious condition,the ITAR-Tass
news agency reported, quoting Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Vorontsov, head of the local
branch of Russia's Federal Security Service.
He said the explosive device of an unidentified type wasprobably hidden in
a bag which belonged to a man, instantly killed by the blast. Another victim,
a woman, died later of wounds.
A passenger train coming from the Russia resort of Sochi on the Black Sea to
the town of Kavkazskkaya in the Krasnodar region was close to the station
when the explosion occurred, the ITAR-Tass said.
Officials in Moscow weren't immediately available for commentlate Wednesday.
The blast occurred just a few days after Chechen warlord Salman Raduyev
threatened to carry out a series of attacks throughout Russia in retaliation
for death of Chechen leader Dzhokhar Dudayev, killed by the Russian military
Armavir is in Krasnodar region, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the
border with Chechnya.
Russia's 20-month war in Chechnya ended last year, but tensions have
continued as Russians and Chechens wrangle over the southern republic's
status. Chechnya considers itself independent, but Moscow claims it a part
The Chechen government also has had little success in reining in numerous
armed groups and has been unable to stop a wave of kidnappings and other