Bus explosion in southern Russia: caused by bomb, at least six killed
National Anti-terrorism Committee has confirmed that the deadly blast in the Russian city of Volgograd was caused by an explosive device that detonated in the bus.
"Today at 14.05 Moscow time (10:05 GMT) in Volgograd inside a bus, as a result of an unknown explosive device going off, a blast happened, leading to casualties," said a national Anti-terrorist Committee representative.
Criminal case has been opened on basis of three articles: terrorist attack, murder, and illegal weapons turnover.
Local police have ordered all movement of minivan buses to be halted.
"Control headquarters is coordinating fast response services, as well as security forces, to prevent more explosions from happening," he said.
"Six bodies have now been found," the press service for the Investigations Committee has reported.
"Parts of an explosive device have been found at the scene,” a police source has told new agency Interfax.
The latest report says 18 people were injured in the incident, up from the initial seven. According to RT, 20 people were injured.
Eight victims of the Volgograd bus explosion have been placed in resuscitation wards, a police source has told reporters.
“Eight people are in heavy condition and receiving intensive care,” he said.
Earlier the local home ministry claimed that the accident was caused by an out-of-service gas system.
"There were around 40 people on board," said the FSB official.
At present police are reinforced in the region and the accident site is closed off.
The Emergency Situations Ministry rescuers have helped doctors take the wounded victims to the city's hospitals.
Russia’s Emergency Ministry is ready to send a plane to Volgograd to evacuate the injured to Moscow, according to the official representative of the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius.
Volgograd is a city on the Volga River, located about 900 kilometres (560 miles) southeast of Moscow.
Fragments of the fifth body discovered at the scene of a bus explosion in the southern Russian city of Volgograd. Earlier it was repotered that four people were killed and seven others injured Monday when a blast tore through the passenger bus, according to emergency ministry.
"According to preliminary information, four people died and another seven were injured," a Volgograd emergencies ministry spokesman said by telephone, without specifying the cause of the blast.
There was no fire following the exposion, reported Interfax. The explosion occurred at 14:05 Moscow time.
According to TASS, the explosion had no criminal traces, reported local home ministry. According to preliminary data the explosion was caused by an out-of-service gas system.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS