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Power of blast in south Russia equivalent to 40 kg of TNT

RIA Novosti

10:03 18/08/2010

MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) - The power of the blast from a recent terrorist attack in southern Russia was equivalent to 40 kg of TNT, a local police source said.

At least 30 people were injured after a Lada car exploded near a small restaurant in the center of the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk on Tuesday.

"The power of the detonated device was equivalent to 40 kilograms of TNT," the source said, adding a crater two meters in diameter was formed from the blast.

Six people are in serious condition after receiving injuries. Four out of them will be transferred to Moscow to receive hi-tech treatment.

A criminal case has been launched on charges of terrorism.

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to do everything possible to get to the bottom of the incident.

Moscow police have been placed on high alert after the incident.

"Security measures were strengthened on transportation and strategic sites," a Moscow police source said. "The subway, railway stations, airports and places of mass gatherings have been taken under special control," he added.

Twin powerful blasts hit the Moscow metro during the morning rush hour on March 29, killing 40 people and injuring over 100. Medvedev has urged the creation of a complex system of security on public transport.

Pyatigorsk is the capital of Russia's North Caucasus Federal District, which includes the volatile republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, where terrorist attacks and militant clashes are common.

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