TITLE=RUSSIA/EXPLOSION (L - UPDATE)
INTRO: Rescue workers have finished their search for
bodies as security officials investigate the cause of
an apartment block explosion that killed 90 people.
Moscow correspondent Eve Conant reports officials are
trying to determine if the blast was an act of
terrorism or an accidental detonation of explosives.
TEXT: Rescue workers have completed their search for
bodies beneath the rubble of a nine story apartment
building that collapsed early Thursday morning. But
investigators are still searching for clues to the
blast, which was equal in force to several hundred
kilograms of T-N-T (a type of explosive).
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in a
televised address that security officials are
investigating whether the blast was caused by a bomb
or criminal negligence.
///ACT PUTIN IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER///
He says, "If the blast was a terrorist act, then we
are facing a sly, treacherous and bloodthirsty enemy."
He adds, " But no one will succeed in putting Russia
on its knees."
Initial reports linked the explosion to a gas leak.
But Federal Security Services Chief Nikolai Patrushev
says investigators discovered traces of two explosive
substances at the site.
///ACT PATRUSHEV IN RUSSIAN IN FULL AND FADE UNDER///
"We discovered traces of hexogen and T-N-T, which
means the explosion did not take place by chance," he
says. "However, we will continue to investigate all
Prime Minister Putin says Russia will declare a day of
mourning Monday for the victims of this blast as well
as two other recent explosions. One person was killed
in an explosion in a Moscow shopping center. More than
60 people were killed in a blast in a military housing
block in Dagestan. That incident was linked to Islamic
10-Sep-1999 12:46 PM EDT (10-Sep-1999 1646 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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