A bomb that destroyed a bus in the Russian car town of Togliatti is being blamed on terrorists or organised crime. The device exploded in the morning rush hour, killing eight people and injuring at least 50 more. Togliatti lies 1,000 kms southeast of Moscow on the banks of the River Volga. It is the home of AvtoVaz, the giant car maker that produces Lada vehicles.
As well as people going to work, the bus was carrying students on their way to the local university. Regional governor Vladimir Artyakov said the FSB internal security service had been called in, to investigate what he called a terrorist act. Organised crime may also be behind the attack. Bombs have been used in the past to settle business feuds.