One reported killed in Russian rail station blast

"Nando Times"

04/28/97

An explosion rocked a train station in southern Russia Monday, killing one person and injuring 12, the Emergencies Ministry said.

A ministry spokesman said the blast occurred on the first floor of the station building in Pyatigorsk, in the troubled north Caucasus region. Last week two people were killed in a bomb blast at another southern Russian train station.

The spokesman said it was not immediately known what caused Monday evening's blast at Pyatigorsk, about 80 miles from the breakaway Chechnya region. All the station's windows had been smashed.

"We can say for sure that one person was killed. Twelve were taken to hospital," he said. "We do not have any details of how powerful the explosion was."

Radical separatist guerrilla commander Salman Raduyev has vowed to attack Russian targets, including its rail network, to press Chechnya's campaign for independence even though a 21-month-long conflict with s Russian troops ended last August.

Itar-Tass news agency said Raduyev had claimed responsibility for last week's explosion at the southern Russian station of Armavir, in which two people were killed, but Chechen leaders later said they doubted he was behind that attack.


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