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Female suicide bomber kills 15 in Russian station

Moscow - At least 15 people were killed Sunday by a suicide bomber who blew herself up at the main railway station in the southern city of Volgograd, Russian emergency services said.

The attack, which came just six weeks before the start of the Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, highlighted the risk to the sports event from the simmering conflict in the nearby northern Caucasus region. A car bombing in Russia on Friday had killed three people.

Vladimir Markin, a prosecution spokesman, said initial inquiries indicated a woman had blown herself up near the entrance to the station. The bomb was packed with nails and screws to cause maximum injury.

News reports said at least 30 people suffered injuries. The provisional death toll of 15 did not include the bomber.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the bombing and ordered a rapid investigation into the attack and quick help to the victims.

Travellers had been waiting at the station entrance for their baggage to go through security screening when the explosion occurred.//DPA




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