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Russia: Gas Explosion In Hostel Kills At Least Eight

Moscow, 22 August 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A gas explosion partially destroyed a hostel in Siberia today, killing at least eight people. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said rescue workers have pulled eight bodies from the collapsed building, including the bodies of five children. At least 10 people were staying in the hostel in the far northern city of Kagalym.

The incident follows another explosion blamed on a gas leak in a Moscow apartment building two days ago. At least eight people died in the Moscow blast.