A bomb at a busy market in Moscow has killed at least 10 people, including two children, and wounded dozens more.
Russian prosecutors say it is most likely linked to organised crime, although terrorism has not been ruled out. Two people have been detained by police.
Moscow’s chief prosecutor says the blast was caused by a homemade bomb equivalent to up to 1.2 kilos of TNT explosives.
Immediately afterwards, security guards sealed off the market.
“It was awful,” said one market employee. “There was a big blast, then flames. People freaked out. They started to panic and push each other. Some people had their carts. There were a lot of people trying to get out. It was a nightmare.”
Most of the traders at the sprawling Cherkizovo Market were from China or former Soviet republics in central Asia.
Russian criminal gangs are said to use small explosive devices sometimes in their battle to control the city’s markets.