One dead, 17 wounded in Russia railway explosion
April 28, 1997
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MOSCOW (CNN) -- A blast at a railway station in southern
Russia killed one person and wounded 17 others Monday in
the second railway explosion in a week, security officials
said. Chechen rebels, who had claimed responsibility for an
earlier station bombing, were suspected in the attack.
The train station in Pyatigorsk, a resort in Russia's
Northern Caucasus, was heavily damaged in the explosion, Viktor Khoruzhii, deputy regional premier, told the Interfax news agency.
Earlier reports from the Federal Security Service and the
Ministry for Emergency Situations said two people died in the blast and pegged the injury toll at 12.
Russian news agencies, citing officials at the scene, said four of the 17 wounded were injured seriously.
Two suspects were detained on suspicion of planting the bomb, Alexander Zdanovich, a spokesman for Russia's Federal
Security Service (FSB), said, giving the casualty figures.
Regional police headquarters said two women were detained,
according to Interfax.
"There are signs of possible involvement of Chechen
terrorists," according to V. Horuzhnevo, a public affairs
official for the FSB, Interfax reported.
A group of anti-terrorist FSB agents have already been
dispatched to the bombing site, according to the report.
President Boris Yeltsin immediately issued an angry statement
saying he was "extremely concerned by the terrorist act in
Yeltsin, who is vacationing in Sochi on the Black Sea, urged
security forces to take decisive steps to combat terrorism,
and summoned Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov and other
officials to meet him in the next few days, said his
spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky.
The apparent attack followed an incident last Wednesday in
which a bomb concealed in a piece of luggage exploded in the
waiting room of the southern Armavir railway station, killing
two people and wounding eight.
Police said they were looking for three men suspected of
involvement in that bombing and issued descriptions and
A Chechen rebel, Salman Raduyev, claimed responsibility for
that bombing, which he called "the beginning of a series of
spot strikes throughout Russia, especially at railway
stations and military facilities," the ITAR-Tass news agency
Raduyev has said the attacks were to mark the first
anniversary of the death of Chechen separatist leader
Dzhokhar Dudayev, killed by Russian forces in April 1996.
Like Armavir, Pyatigorsk is close to Chechnya. It is situated
about 225 kilometers (140 miles) west of Chechnya's capital
Grozny and 1,350 kilometers (850 miles) south of Moscow.
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