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Explosion at Mall Near Kremlin

August 31, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ A video game machine exploded Tuesday in an upscale shopping mall adjacent to the Kremlin, and at least three people were hospitalized, Russian emergency officials said.

A duty officer at the Emergency Situations Ministry said it was unclear whether the blast was planned or accidental. The officer, who would not give his name, said it caused no fire

Fire officials evacuated the busy underground Manezh shopping center just outside the Kremlin’s northwest wall. The complex includes top-name retailers, a food court and water fountains.

The explosion hit on the fourth floor of the complex in a room of video game machines, the duty officer said.

The officer said three people were seriously injured and hospitalized. The Interfax news agency said up to 25 people were injured.

No other details were immediately available.

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