Two dead, 17 people injured after explosion on Russian bus

Investigators work at the site of a bus explosion in the city of Voronezh, Russia.
Investigators work at the site of a bus explosion in the city of Voronezh, Russia.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS, AFP) – An explosion on a bus killed two people and injured 17 in the southwestern Russian city of Voronezh on Thursday evening (Aug 12), Tass news agency reported, and counterterrorism officials were coordinating investigations into the blast.

Several of the wounded were in serious condition.

The cause of the explosion, which took place near a bus stop when about 30 people were on board the bus, was still unclear.

Video footage published online showed the blast tearing the vehicle apart from the inside, with windows and debris sent flying in all directions.

Specialists of the FSB security service were studying materials from the site, the National Antiterrorism Committee said in a statement, adding it was looking for those responsible for the incident.

“So far there is nothing to indicate that this was a terrorist attack,” Sergei Sokolov deputy governor of Voronezh, where the explosion occurred, told the Interfax news agency.

The bus driver told state-owned Russia-24 news channel that there had been 35 passengers aboard when the tragedy happened overnight on Thursday.

The explosion went off when the bus was at a stop near a shopping centre.

Video taken by passersby and posted on social media showed that the blast tore the roof off the vehicle and blew out its windows.

The national investigation committee said in a statement that it had sent experts from Moscow and opened a negligence case over the upkeep of the bus.