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Explosion injures homeless man in Russia

AFP , Thursday 6 Apr 2017
Russia after explosion
People stand around candles showing the time of the subway bombing as they gather in memory of victims of the tragic event, on Marsovo Polye in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (Photo: AP)
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A homeless Russian man lost his hand Thursday when a homemade device placed in a bag near a school exploded in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, said Russian authorities cited by local media.

The explosion came with Russia on high alert just a few days after a bomb on the busy Saint Petersburg metro that killed 13 people.

At around 6:30am (0330 GMT), the man discovered a bag containing a torch and when he tried to switch it on, it exploded and tore off his hand, the TASS official news agency quoted a local policeman as saying.

Several police vehicles were despatched to the scene as well as security services.

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