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Nine people seek medical help after explosion near food shop in Makhachkala

August 04, 2013, 23:40 UTC+3

Most of these people had cuts from broken glass

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MAKHACHKALA, August 4 (Itar-Tass) - Nine people sought medical help following an explosion at a food store in downtown Makhachkala, a spokesman for the interior ministry of the republic of Dagestan told itar-Tass late on Sunday.

According to the spokesman, most of these people had cuts from broken glass.

“The blast occurred at a round-the-clock food store at the corner of Kostrov and Yaragsky Streets,” the spokesman said. “According to preliminary information, the shop’s salesgirl and a security guard officer received light injuries. The shop is now on fire.”

Local police cited witnesses as saying that unidentified persons had opened the shop’s door, planted a bomb and left. An explosion followed. An investigation is underway.

The spokesman also said that another explosion had been reported in Makhachkala after the first one. It occurred at a shop specializing in alcoholic drinks. “A bomb was planted near the Kristall shop,” the spokesman said. “Only detonators went off. That is way it caused practically no damage. The shop was closed. NO one was hurt.”

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