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18 die as second bomb attack in 2 months strikes Russian city

 

An explosion at a train station in Volgograd, Russia, killed at least 18 people on Sunday, Russian media reported.

The RIA Novosti news agency also said dozens were injured, citing police. The ITAR-TASS news agency reported a lower death toll of 13.

Video taken from an outside security camera shows a huge fireball inside what appears to be the main entrance followed by a steady trail of smoke coming out shattered windows.

Russia’s National Anti-Terror Committee told CNN that preliminary information suggests the blast was caused by a female suicide bomber.

It is the second bombing in the southern Russian city in two months and comes less than six weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, located less than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from Volgograd.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In October, a bomber blew up a passenger bus, killing six people and wounding more than 30 others. Russian media reported that a female Islamist suicide bomber from the Russian region of Dagestan was responsible for the attack.

The restive region of Chechnya is also located in this southern portion of Russia.

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