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Russia: More Than 100 Victims From Moscow Blast

Moscow, 14 September 1999 (RFE/RL) - More than 100 bodies have been recovered at the site of an explosion at a Moscow apartment building--the second such devastating attack in the Russian capital in four days. The ITAR-TASS news agency reports this morning that at least 107 bodies have been pulled from the rubble since the blast early yesterday flattened an eight-story block of flats. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said security services had detained two people in connection with the blast. No details were given. A series of blasts over the past two weeks in Russia have left more than 250 people dead. Last Thursday, 94 people were killed in a bomb at another Moscow apartment block. Authorities have blamed terrorists and linked the attacks to Moscow's battle against Islamic insurgents in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan. There has been no claim of responsibility. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected today to join a session of the State Duma lower house of parliament to discuss the bomb attacks and the conflict in Dagestan.