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Moscow subway blast causes deaths
Updated: 2004-02-06 14:56

An explosion rocked the Moscow metro during the morning rush hour on Friday, causing casualties, the Emergency Situation Ministry said.

Investigators examine the wreckage of two cars destroyed in a blast in the center of the town of Vladikavkaz. At least two people were killed and six injured, when a car exploded near war-torn Chechnya

Clouds of smoke filled the tunnel near the Paveletskaya station and passengers were being evacuated, ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov said.

He could not confirm that the cause or give any further details about the number of victims. He said that rescuers were already on the site.

But Interfax news agency quoted a police source as saying that first interviews with evacuated passengers led to the conclusion that the blast may have been a "terrorist act."

The explosion occurred in the second wagon of the train as it left the Paveletskaya station near the center of the Russian capital and headed southeast, Interfax reported.

The Russian capital has been on alert for terrorist attacks following a series of suicide bombings that officials have blamed on Chechen rebels.

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