Death toll in S. Russia rises to seven

STAVROPOL, Russia, May 27 (UPI) -- The number dead from a terrorist attack in Stavropol in southern Russia rose to seven, including a child, emergency services personnel said Thursday.

A regional investigator said the explosion outside the city's House of Culture and Sport, before a Chechen band concert, injured more than 42 people. The bomb was made of about a half-pound of TNT, the investigator said.


Officials said no one has claimed responsibility for the blast, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Officials said an 11 year-old girl was among the dead.

Stavropol Territory's health minister, Victor Mazharov, said at least 30 of the injured were hospitalized. Three were listed in critical condition.

Police found a bomb, a gun and ammunition during searches of the homes of two people suspected in the incident, RIA Novosti said. Authorities declared Friday as a day of mourning.

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