Two explosions rocked a gas station and an apartment building in the southwestern Russian city of Novosibirsk on Sunday, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.
Authorities said the explosions occurred at the gas station on Sunday afternoon and at an apartment complex in the same building on Sunday evening.
A source with the Novosubbas state emergency service told RIA Novosti the explosions happened at around 5:30 p.m. local time (1430 GMT) in the gas stations.
The gas station exploded at the intersection of the main road and the apartment complex, he said.
A fire at the complex also exploded, but it was not immediately clear if it was related to the gas explosions, he added.
Two people were killed and dozens more injured in the explosion in the Novo Sud gas station in the Siberian city of Yekaterinburg, which is near the border with Belarus.
In a statement, Novo Sulaimanovsk said a “terrorist group” was responsible for the explosions, which took place on a road near the apartment building.
The city’s mayor, Vladimir Khobrokhov, said the two explosions were caused by a detonator.
He added that two people were injured.
A second explosion occurred at around 6 p.ms. local and injured more than 20 people, according to a report from state news agency TASS.
A spokesman for Novo Sibirshchyna said a suspect was detained.
Novo Sulaimania said the explosion took place near a busy residential street.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion in nearby Novosovskiy Street.
The blasts also struck a school in the neighborhood, the Novotna news agency reported.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, which also damaged a nearby building.