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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bomb Explodes on Tram Restaurant

MTThe Annushka restaurant, which received minor damage in the blast, has been riding Moscow's tram routes since the mid-1990s.
Moscow's only eating establishment with no formal address -- the Annushka tram restaurant -- was forced to suspend business for a time after a small explosive device attached to its back end went off at around midnight Thursday near the intersection of Chistoprudny and Pokrovsky bulvars.

No one was hurt, police said Friday. The explosion caused minor damage to the tram itself and broke a few windows of the nearest building facing Chistiye Prudy.

The explosion took place close to the Rolan Cinema and the Nostalgie restaurant. However, it was unclear Friday whether the attack could have been meant for either of these establishments.

According to police, the explosive device contained some 200 grams of TNT. Police are investigating, but would not comment on any leads or possible reasons for the attack.

The restaurant's owner, Ashot Tigranyan, declined to comment on the explosion when queried by the Kriminal television program Friday.

"I have nothing to say. We have the police here and it's their job to find out what happened," he said.

Earlier in the day, however, Interfax had quoted Tigranyan as saying that the attack was business-related.

In January of this year, still-unidentified assailants shot at Annushka with an air gun, wounding the restaurant's cook. No customers were hurt.

Annushka has been riding Moscow's tram routes since the mid-1990s, not only in favorite locations such as Chistiye Prudy but also as far as Universitet metro station on Sparrow Hills.

The restaurant's name comes from the popular nickname of the "A" tram that circulated for decades along the Boulevard Ring. A sister trolleybus on the Garden Ring, officially identified as route "B," is lovingly known as bukashka, or a small bug.