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Bomb Explodes in Western Russia

October 4, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ A bomb placed outside an apartment house shattered windows and tore a crater in the ground on Wednesday in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but no injuries were reported, an emergency official said.

The blast occurred about 3:30 a.m. local time, said Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.

The bomb was apparently left on a lawn near the building, just 20 yards away from Russia’s Baltic Fleet headquarters in Kaliningrad. Police refused to speculate on a possible motive.

Russia’s RTR television showed police milling around the four-foot-wide crater in the lawn, covered by fall leaves and shards of glass. The blast blew out windows on the first and second stories.

Russia has seen scores of bombings in recent years. The bombings have left hundreds of people dead and are often blamed on business disputes or on rebels from breakaway Chechnya, although scant evidence of this link has been provided.

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