Suspected gas blast kills 6 at Russian bailiff HQ

January 13, 2009 15:43


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An explosion ripped though a government building in Russia's Ingushetia province Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 20, an emergency official said. An initial investigation suggested a gas leak was to blame, but other possible causes including terrorism were also being considered, said Marat Prokopenkov of the Emergency Situations Ministry's branch in southern Russia. Rescue workers recovered five bodies from the rubble of the three-story brick building, which served as the headquarters of the regional bailiffs' service in Ingushetia's main city, Nazran, Prokopenkov said. Another 23 people were pulled from the debris alive, but one of them - a woman who worked for the bailiffs' service - died in the hospital, he said.

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