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Explosive device detonates in Moscow, kills 7

RIA NOVOSTI. August 21, 2006, 11:57 AM

MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - An explosive device detonated at a market in eastern Moscow Monday morning, killing seven people, including three children, the emergencies ministry said.

The explosion at the market occurred at 10:27 a.m. Moscow time (6:27 a.m. GMT), the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The ministry said about 100 square meters of roofing had been destroyed.

"About 100 square meters of roofing from the two-storey market came down," a ministry spokesman said.

Moscow's rescue services reported that as many as 25 people were affected.

A police source said two explosions took place at the sprawling clothes market, occurring 15 minutes apart.

Earlier police reports said a gas cylinder exploded, causing a fire at the market.

Firefighters and rescuers are working at the scene, which has been cordoned off.

(The Moscow Times 21.viii.06)

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