Female suicide bomber sets off blast at train station in southern Russia, killing at least 18

Emergency services approach a square outside a main entrance of the Volgograd railway station, Sunday, Dec 29, 2013. A female suicide bomber set off a blast on Sunday in a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that killed at le
Emergency services approach a square outside a main entrance of the Volgograd railway station, Sunday, Dec 29, 2013. A female suicide bomber set off a blast on Sunday in a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that killed at least 18 people, news reports and officials said. -- PHOTO: VOLGOGRAD MAYOR'S OFFICE HANDOUT

MOSCOW (AFP) - A female suicide bomber set off a blast on Sunday in a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that killed at least 18 people, news reports and officials said.

A National Anti-Terror Committee official told the RIA Novosti news agency that the blast was set off by a female suicide bomber.

An Investigative Committee spokesman told Interfax that at least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured.