Two people died while 19 others were wounded after a city bus exploded in the southwestern Russian city of Voronezh late on Thursday, officials said.
According to Voronezh Governor Alexander Gusev, one of the victims died shortly after recovering the body from the explosion and another passed away after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Gusev also confirmed that the number of injured victims has reached 19, saying that several of the injured individuals remain in serious condition.
In a statement, local authorities said that the blast was not terror-related and experts have not found any trace of chemical explosives at the location of the incident.
They believed that the explosion was caused by leaky gas equipment installed in the vehicle.
The Russian Investigative Committee, the top criminal investigation agency in the country, said in a statement that a probe into “improper provision of services” that resulted in “serious harm to people’s health” has been launched.
However, the company that operated the city bus claimed that the vehicle had a diesel engine and no gas equipment.
The firm also insisted that the vehicle was in good technical condition before the explosion occurred.
The National Anti-Terrorist Committee said investigators are considering all options while looking into the incident, adding that experts would continue analyzing debris that came from the vehicle.
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