Russia: Six killed in terror attack
Update: Death toll now seven.
An unidentified explosive device has detonated in the city of Stavropol in the south of Russia, killing six and injuring about 40 more people.
The blast rocked the center of the city, not far from the Culture and Sport Palace, where a concert was due to take place.
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The death toll in Wednesday's terrorist attack in Stavropol reached six when a preteen girl died in a hospital, the the southern Russian city's civil defense chief told RIA Novosti.
"A girl died in the regional hospital," Boris Skripka said, adding that she was about 10 years old.
More than 40 people were injured in the blast, which occurred outside the city's House of Culture and Sport early on Wednesday evening before a Chechen band's concert.
Stavropol Territory Governor Valery Gayevsky said the terrorist attack was aimed at shattering national unity.
Police say the bomb was attached to the wall of a cafe, which was closed at the time. There are conflicting reports as to whether one or two explosive devices went off.
“At 18:45 Moscow time (14:45 GMT) a bomb exploded on Lenin Street, near the city's community center,” said Interior Ministry deputy spokesperson Pavel Klimovsky. “Investigators and the emergency services are working at the scene. A number of people have been killed and injured. They have been taken to hospital. At the moment everything is being done to establish what kind of explosive was used and its exact position. It's believed to have been placed in a kiosk between a café and the city community center. Experts are collecting evidence for a criminal case.”