Friday 23 March 2018

Bus stop bomb puts Moscow into lockdown as three confirmed injured

Police closed off the area around where the bomb was thrown
Police closed off the area around where the bomb was thrown

David Kearns

A small explosion at a bus stop in central Moscow which injured three people is being treated "as an act of hooliganism", Russian news agencies report.

The blast occurred on Pokrovka street in the Chistiye Prudy part of Moscow, an area that has numerous bars and cafes, possibly after a home-made explosive was thrown from a passing car or nearby building, said Interior Minister spokesman Andrei Galiakberov.

"Three people were injured by shards of glass. Currently, a Moscow police investigative team is working at the scene," Tass news agency quoted Galiakberov as saying.

Galiakberov said the incident was being treated as "hooliganism" under Russian criminal law.

Tass quoted a source in the security services as saying two women had been taken to hospital and a third person had been treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Russian capital was placed on lockdown after the explosion.

It is not yet known whether or not the bomb blast is linked to terrorism.

Moscow police spokesman Andrey Galiakberov confirmed that the incident had taken place and said detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the explosion.

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