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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Held for Cafe Fire That Killed 10

Authorities have detained two men suspected of setting a fire that killed 10 people in an Orenburg region cafe, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The victims' bodies were found after a fire early Monday gutted the small cafe and bar at a market in the city of Orsk in the southern Urals, near the border with Kazakhstan.

Investigators have established that the suspects argued with a group of people at another bar, tracked them to the cafe and set fire to its door after dousing it with gasoline, said Galina Mayorova, a senior aide to the regional prosecutor.

A gas canister exploded during the blaze, she said.

Prosecutors stressed that the crime was not motivated by ethnic bias, but said the people the suspects had argued with were from former Soviet republics.

Mayorova said she did not know the nationalities of the people involved in the argument but that some of the victims had Armenian-sounding names.

Seven men and three women died.