The Beeb reports:
At least seven people have been killed in an explosion on a bus in the southern Russian city of Togliatti. More than 20 others were injured by the blast. The governor of the Samara region said the attack was being treated as a "terrorist" act. Security officials say an explosive device may have been fixed to the vehicle, or carried on board. It was the second blast on a bus in Russia in just over a week, following an explosion in Dagestan province
The Associated Press says:
A bomb exploded in a passenger bus Wednesday morning in central Russia, killing eight people and injuring 48, officials said. Investigators were trying to determine whether the explosive device was carried by a passenger or had been planted somewhere inside or beneath the bus, according to Russian news agencies. The explosion occurred at a busy intersection near a bus stop in the center of town as people were going to work. Valery Matkovsky, a local emergency official, said that eight people were killed and 48 injured. It was not clear whether the injured included people who had not been on the bus. Andrei Derbenev, a spokesman for the Togliatti rescue service, told the ITAR-Tass agency that the blast was so powerful that windows on nearby residential buildings shattered. Togliatti is a city on the Volga River known as the headquarters of AvtoVAZ, Russia's largest carmaker.
Given the shameless cowardice displayed by the people of Russia as these events continue yet they favor Putin with 70% plus approval ratings, Putin may be delighted with the attacks. They don't harm his popularity, and provide a perfect excuse for still more draconian crackdowns on Russian civil rights and liberties. The people of Russia have made their bloody bed.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
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