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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Divorced Man Killed by Accidental Grenade Blast

An argument between a divorced couple ended tragically Sunday when the man died after a grenade accidentally detonated and tore off his arm in northeast Moscow, law enforcement sources said.

Having consumed a considerable amount of alcohol, the two began arguing shortly after midnight Sunday near a restaurant owned by the woman on Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya Ulitsa, sources told Moskovsky Komsomolets.

A city police spokesman Tuesday referred all inquiries to district and city prosecutors. Repeated calls to both went unanswered.

At some point during the argument Lyudmila Rybakova, 49, got into her car, much to the chagrin of her ex-husband, Yury Nikitin, 58, the newspaper reported. Nikitin then pulled a grenade out of his pocket and was about to throw it into the car when it detonated in his hand, the report said.

The force of the explosion tore off part of Nikitin's arm, while Rybakova was injured by shrapnel. Both were taken to the hospital, where Nikitin's arm was amputated. He died of his injuries later that day, the report said.

Rybakova escaped with minor injuries, the paper reported.

In was unclear exactly what sparked the quarrel. Moskovsky Komsomolets cited sources as saying the couple had battled over the ownership of the restaurant, Ternik, after their divorce and that a court had ruled in favor of Rybakova.

A law enforcement source told Regnum.ru that the pair had divorced because Rybakova, a successful businesswoman, was unhappy that her husband did not make enough money, handling household duties and acting as her bodyguard instead.

Prosecutors are investigating how Nikitin obtained the grenade and have classified the incident as an attempted murder, Regnum.ru reported. Citing a law enforcement source, the news portal said he was a military veteran who kept several grenades from his service days after becoming a civilian.

While not exactly common, grenade incidents are not unheard of in Moscow.

In October, Yury Petrushkov, 36, was drinking with another man in a courtyard in southeast Moscow when the two began quarreling. During the fight, Petrushkov's drinking partner slipped a live grenade in his pocket. The grenade exploded, killing Petrushkov and injuring the other man. The blast also injured a third man and damaged four cars, prosecutors said.

In an apparently more calculated attack in December, unidentified assailants fired two rocket-propelled grenades at an armored BMW carrying vegetable-oil mogul Alexander Kurt in Moscow's Solntsevo neighborhood.

The assailants missed their target, striking a nearby dacha. The dacha's balcony was destroyed and its facade damaged, prosecutors said.