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6 killed as blast rips Russia train

Moscow, Sept. 3 (Reuters): An explosion tore through a packed early morning commuter train in southern Russia today, killing six people and injuring more than 40, officials said.

The explosion gutted one of the trainís carriages in Stavropol region, bordering Chechnya, where Russian forces have been battling separatists for a decade. But reports discounted any connection with the Chechen conflict.

Rail minister Gennady Fadeyev told state television three people died at the site of the blast just outside a rural station, most of them students on their way to classes. Three passengers died in hospital.

Television reports said two bombs on the railbed exploded simultaneously just before 8 am About 700 passengers were aboard the train travelling between the spa resorts of Kislovodsk and Mineralniye Vody.

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