About 76 people are believed to have been killed and about 60 were hospitalized in a blast that hit a cafe in the Urals city of Perm late on Friday, an emergencies ministry source said on Saturday.
The blast occurred at 23:15 Moscow time [20:15 GMT], and was followed by fire. Firefighters have already brought the blaze under control.
The building of the cafe is detached to a residential house, which was not damaged in the blast.
A local police source said most casualties were due to smoke and stampede that followed. The majority of victims were cafe employees and their relatives, as the cafe marked its anniversary.
MOSCOW, December 5 (RIA Novosti)