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Investigation underway into car bomb blast in Pyatigorsk

December 28, 2013, 11:13 UTC+3 PYATIGORSK

The blast power was equivalent to 50 kg of TNT

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© Archive ITAR-TASS/Aleksandr Alpatkin

PYATIGORSK, December 28, 11:07 /ITAR-TASS/. A criminal case is opened over the car bomb explosion in Pyatigorsk.

According to the preliminary information, the explosion killed two residents of Georgiyevsk and a Pyatigorsk resident. The blast power was equivalent to 50 kg of TNT, law-enforcement sources said.

The National Antiterrorism Committee told Itar-Tass earlier that a parked car was blasted with an explosive device at a parking lot near a furniture store apposite a traffic police station in Pyatigorsk at 19:15 Moscow time on Friday. It was a homemade explosive device without a cover. The blast killed three people.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at a market in same Pyatigorsk overnight. More than 80 stalls and containers with goods burned up. About 1,500 sq m were ablaze. Nobody was hurt.

The fire alarm call was received after midnight, and the blaze was brought under control at 01:36 Moscow time. Firefighters were called when the blaze already swept a large area, the Emergencies Ministry's North Caucasian regional centre said. The fire supposedly was caused by carelessness in using heaters.

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