Deaths in Russia bus blast
An explosion in the northern Caucasus kills two people and injures 13 others.
The two people killed have been named as Susanna Gazorian, 22, and Yelena Tarasova, 17, from Pyatigorsk, a source in the Russian emergency situations ministry in Stavropol told the Interfax news agency.
A police official was quoted by Interfax as saying that the bomb was homemade.
The bus was parked at a station in the town of Nevinnomyssk when the explosion caused the bus to catch fire.
The local prosecutor’s office in Stavropol region was treating the blast as a terrorist attack, RIA Novosti news agency said, quoting an unnamed official.
Other sources said the blast could have been caused by an exploding gas canister.
The latest blast came after a nail bomb exploded on a bus in the near by North Ossetia province on November 22, killing five people.
Russia’s north Caucasus is a volatile region wracked by violence centred on Chechnya, which has fought two separatist wars since 1994.