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Bomb in Armenia Kills 14, Hurts 46

September 06, 1994| Reuters

MOSCOW — Fourteen people were killed and 46 wounded by a briefcase bomb that blasted a marketplace in northeastern Armenia on Sunday, the Itar-Tass news agency said Monday.

An official with the Noemberyan regional administration earlier said an explosive device had been planted in a briefcase in the village of Bagratashen, a trading point near Armenia's frontier with Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Russia's Ostankino television showed wrecked and burned stalls. Fruit and vegetables, some covered in blood, were scattered over a wide area.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a 6-year-old conflict over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, whose mainly Armenian population seeks independence from Azerbaijan.

The area where the explosion happened is a center of mafia gangs dealing particularly in black-market fuel, which is in short supply in Armenia because of an embargo imposed by Azerbaijan.

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