At least 10 has been killed and dozens have been injured when a bomb blast ripped through a trolleybus on Monday in the second deadly attack in Volgograd, Russia, in two days, law enforcement authorities report.
The bombing comes a day after the other suicide bomber at least 17 people in the main railway station of the southern city a month before before Russia is scheduled to hold the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Local TV stations show the twisted remains of the colourful trolleybus with its roof blown off and debris strewn around the street.
According to federal investigators, the second in the last two days blast is now believed to have been a “terrorist act” as well as the first attack.
It’s already known that the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, confirmed.
However, the National Antiterrorist Committee suppose that the bomb has been planted in the central part of the vehicle rather than brought in by a suicide bomber.
Investigators believe that Monday’s blast and the previous day’s terrorist attack may be connected.
State mass media claim the explosion took lies of at leat 10 people and injured more than 20, including the majority of them being treated in hospital.
There’s a six-month child among the victims of the terrible bombing. Doctors are currently fighting for the baby’s life. The list of injured alo includes a pregnant woman who remains in a serious condition.
The blast wave was so heavy that it shattered some windows in located nearby buildings. The Investigative Committee estimated that the power of the blast was equal to 4 kg of TNT.
“I woke up because of an enormous blast I heard. I heard the glass shattering in the first two stories of the building. I looked out of the window, it was still dark, and I saw a bus that was ripped by a blast and people were running away from it screaming,” Alina Averyasova, an eyewitness, told reporters.
The alleged terrorist attack was carried out in front of the city markets when the explosion happened. The site has been cordoned off, with traffic diverted to other streets.
Investigators are currently examining the footage from the cameras and questioning witnesses who saw the blast. The trolley bus itself was not equipped with a camera, they said.
The first images that was taken soonafter the blast show a damaged trolley bus partially reduced to its metal carcass and dead bodies scattered around.
All the people injured by the blast are in serious condition, Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova, told reporters: “They have burns, multiple traumas, blast-injuries. If needed, they will be airlifted to Moscow.”
The local athorities were forced to cancel an all-state-sponsored New Year mass celebration for children on Tuesday, citing security concerns and the lack of appropriateness such rejoicing may have, RT News writes.
Many private companies organizing similar events followed the lead.