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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Killed, 20 injured in Arson Attack

Four people were killed and more than 20 were badly burned when arsonists set fire to a bar in Russia's Far East, a rescue official said Friday.

Unidentified attackers threw flammable packages into the bar in Komsomolsk-on-Amur Thursday night, said Dmitry Tarchenkov, a duty officer in the Far East civil defense and emergency situations center. He said that the fire was extinguished within a half-hour, but that the blaze led to panic, which increased the number of injured.

Thirteen of the 20 were in intensive care Friday, Tarchenkov said.

Authorities in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, about 6,200 kilometers east of Moscow, have launched an investigation.