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7 People Killed, 45 Hurt in Bombing at Market

April 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A bomb tore through a market crowded with people buying flowers for the dead, killing seven people and injuring 45, officials said.

The bombing in the southern city of Vladikavkaz was the latest in a series of market blasts that have killed about 70 people in the last three years.

The market was crowded with people preparing for the Russian Orthodox Palm Sunday ritual of placing flowers on graves.

Officials speculated that the blast might have been set off to destabilize the region during presidential elections in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia.

Bombings are also a frequent technique of criminals warring for control of enterprises in Russia.

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