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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Eight killed in Moscow market blast.

AN EXPLOSION tore through a Moscow market yesterday morning, killing at least eight people and injuring about 25, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Stadnikova said preliminary information indicated the blast hit the Cherkizovsky market in the north-eastern part of the city about 10.30am (0730BST) and was caused by an explosive device.

She said eight people were confirmed dead, including two children. But news reports citing unnamed police officials said the death toll was at least 10. The explosion occurred in a two-storey building at the market, and Stadnikova said about 200 square metres of "light construction" had collapsed.

The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted police as saying the explosion appeared to have been caused by a gas cylinder. Such cylinders are widely used at Moscow's markets for heating and cooking.

The news agency, Interfax, cited an official in the Interior Ministry as saying that terrorism was not being considered likely in connection with the blast.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2006
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