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Five Killed in Russian Train Explosions

September 3, 2003

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) _ Explosions rocked a commuter train in southern Russia on Wednesday, killing at least five people, officials said.

There were varying reports on the casualty toll, but Maxim Fedorenko, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to southern Russia, said five people died and another 20 were wounded when two bombs exploded in one of the cars, the Interfax news agency reported.

Igor Mikhailov, a spokesman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s branch in southern Russia, said that two people were killed and another nine were wounded in an explosion on a train traveling from Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus region. He said officials were still investigating the cause.

Russia has been shaken by continuous bombings and other attacks recently, which the government usually has blamed on the Chechen rebels.

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