Gas explosion in Russia injures five, including U.S. diplomat

MOSCOW Thu May 22, 2014 2:12pm EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gas explosion in an apartment building in western Moscow injured five people on Thursday, including a U.S. diplomat, the Interfax news agency reported.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed in a statement that one of its diplomats had been injured in the explosion, but said no other details were immediately available.

The explosion damaged several apartments in a building on Kutuzovsky Prospect, one of Moscow's major thoroughfares, and residents were temporarily evacuated, the Itar-Tass news agency reported a police source as saying.

Police said the explosion had been caused by natural gas.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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purcelc wrote:
A US diplomat injured. Must be either Obama’s or Hillary’s fault again.

May 22, 2014 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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May 22, 2014 2:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:
Don’t know if it was an assassination attempt, but it would definitely fit with the Putin M.O. We should have downgraded diplomatic relations with Russia anyhow, so maybe the diplomat shouldn’t have even been there. I don’t trust Obama to make that decision or anyone on his team. So yes, in a sense, it might very well have been Obama’s fault.

May 22, 2014 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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