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Grenade Kills One, Wounds 12 In Russian Court


15 June 2005 -- Russian court officials say a security guard died and 12 other people were wounded today when a convicted man detonated a hand grenade in a courtroom in St. Petersburg.

The incident happened in a district court when a judge completed reading the verdict in a trial of several police officers accused of abusing their authority.

Local justice department and police officials said one of the defendants found guilty detonated a grenade, badly wounding himself and killing a security guard.

Twelve other people, including the judge, were hospitalized with injuries.

It wasn't immediately clear how the man managed to bring the grenade into the court building.

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