A suicide bomber has unleashed a powerful explosion at a busy market in Russia’s north Caucasus region, killing at least 16 people and wounding scores more.
It happened in Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia.
The Russian prosecutor’s office said the bomb contained the equivalent of 30-40 kilos of high explosive and was packed with metal bars, bolts and ball-bearings to maximise its deadly effect.
Three suspects have been arrested.
One boy said: “All the windows were broken in school. We all ran out, it was very dangerous there.”
Though North Ossetia is predominantly Orthodox Christian, many Muslims were shopping for the end of Ramadan.
The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said: “It is sad to note that there are men who, even on this holiday can perpetrate such awful crimes as the one committed in Vladikavkaz. As a result of this terrorist attack there were again human victims. Without any doubt, the authors of such acts are people without any soul or heart.”
One official in the North Ossetian capital said that a one year old baby boy was among the dead.
Investigators say 77 people were wounded.
The bomber blew-up the car near the entrance to the market.
It is the sixth bombing in North Ossetia in ten years.