Russian officials say a suspected female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on a passenger bus in the southern city of Volgograd, killing at least six people and injuring at least 33 others, some seriously.
A spokesman for the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee said the explosion occurred at 2:05 p.m. local time. He said that the rapid response headquarters was coordinating the activity of security authorities and police in order to prevent possible further explosions.
A Russian news organization showed dash cam footage of the explosion as it occurred.
The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said a criminal case involving terrorism charges has been filed in connection with the attack.
Markin said the suicide bomber was tentatively identified as Naida Asiyalova, a native of Daghestan. Her husband, Dmitri Sokolov, is currently believed to be in Daghestan as part of an armed militant group in the Makhachkala area.
Investigators have found pieces of the explosive device but said they would need time to determine the amount of material used in the bomb.
Officials say there were some 40 people on the bus when the explosion happened.
No one has claimed responsibility. Investigators from Russia's federal security service, the FSB, have arrived at the scene.
Volgograd is located several hundred kilometers to the north of Russia's North Caucasus region where Russian forces have been battling Islamic militants for years.
Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Rossiya 24 TV, and Reuters
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Original headline: Fatal Bus Blast In Russia
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