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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Dead in Railway Blast

MOSCOW () -- Five people were killed and another 13 were wounded in an explosion at a railway station in the capital of the southern region of North Ossetia on Friday, Itar-Tass said.


It quoted local police as saying an explosive device planted at a platform of the Vladikavkaz railway station went off around 3:30 p.m. and made a crater 1 1/2 meters in diameter.


No one claimed responsibility for the explosion, Tass said.


North Ossetia is situated not far from rebel Chechnya, where separatist fighters have been resisting a Russian military onslaught for more than 16 months. Russian troops have several key bases in North Ossetia, which is seen as loyal to Moscow.