At least 18 people were killed and 40 others wounded when an explosion tore through a train station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday, in an attack blamed on a female suicide bomber, Russian media and officials said.
Regional interior ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Smolyaninova told the ITAR-TASS news agency that the blast occurred inside the train station at around 12:45 pm (0845 GMT).
The news agency said the explosion took place near the metal detectors stationed at the entrance to the city’s main train station. Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement shortly after that a female suicide bomber had carried out the attack.
The explosion is the deadliest such blast to take place in Russia outside the volatile North Caucasus region in nearly three years.
Security fears for Sochi Coming just two months after another suicide bomber struck in the same Russian city, it will bolster fears of attacks by Islamist militants as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.