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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Bomb Blasts Rock Krasnodar, 3 Dead

Three bombs exploded nearly simultaneously in the southern city of Krasnodar early Monday, killing at least three and wounding 23, some of them seriously, officials said.

The coordination of the explosions prompted officials to attribute the bombings to a summer-long wave of terrorist acts stemming from the war in Chechnya. Seven suicide bombings and one botched attempt attributed to Chechen militants have killed more than 165 people since mid-May.

Monday's bombings, however, did not involve suicide attackers, and some officials did not rule out the possibility they were organized as part of a business or criminal dispute.

Police and security services virtually locked down Krasnodar after the bombings, closing roads and searching cars at checkpoints that backed up traffic for kilometers. Authorities were screening all telephone calls in and out of the region, Interfax reported.

The bombs, described as crudely made devices with bolts, nuts and screws packed inside beer cans, exploded within several minutes of each other in different parts of the city. The explosions occurred at a nightclub, a cafe and a trolley-bus stop, a spokesman for the regional government said in a telephone interview.

Krasnodar region Governor Alexander Tkachyov told NTV that the explosions were carried out by terrorists -- "these scoundrels, this scum, these beasts,'' he called them -- but he did not directly attribute the bombings to the violence in Chechnya.