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Seven killed in Russia bus blast

At least seven people were killed and 40 injured on Wednesday in a powerful explosion on a bus in central Togliatti, a city on Russia's Volga River.

world Updated: Oct 31, 2007 15:24 IST

At least seven people were killed and 40 injured on Wednesday in a powerful explosion on a bus in central Togliatti, a city on Russia's Volga River, rescuers reported.

The cause of the blast has not yet been ascertained but investigators have ruled out a gas explosion because the vehicle did not run on natural gas fuel.

Local officials said 20 people had been hospitalised, two in a critical condition.

He said flying splinters had injured at least another 20 on the road. "Many window panes on the ground and first floors of a nearby building were broken in the impact of the blast," he said.

Togliatti, with a population of about 700,000 people, is home to Russia's largest automaker Avtovaz, which makes cars under the Lada brand.