Magnitogorsk tower block explosion kills 38, Chechen terror?

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Magnitogorsk tower block explosion kills 38, Chechen terror?

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Magnitogorsk explosions likely to indicate wider terrorism threat from small Jihadist cells in major Russian cities ... ian-cities

Alex Kokcharov - Jane's Country Risk Daily Report 03 January 2019

On 31 December 2018, at about 0600 local time, an explosion occurred at an apartment block in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region; the explosion and the building's partial collapse killed 38 and injured 19.

The official explanation remains that this was caused by a gas explosion. Separately, on the evening of 1 January 2019, a minibus exploded on a nearby street, killing three men. The authorities claimed this was caused by a natural gas tank malfunction. Video footage was released, purportedly showing the minibus on fire, but probable high-velocity gunfire could also be heard. Local media, including and, claimed, citing anonymous sources in the law enforcement agencies, that both explosions were terrorism-linked.

Russian investigators DENY tower block collapse was a terror attack as death toll rises to 22
Officials have denied that Russian tower block explosion was a terror attack
Investigators say no trace of explosives was found and blamed a gas leak instead
There is also no link to a minibus explosion the following day, authorities said
22 people have been confirmed dead while 19 are still missing after the blast
PUBLISHED: 07:38, 2 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:00, 2 January 2019

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Russian officials have denied that an explosion in a tower block on New Year's Day was a terror attack.

Investigators at the scene of the blast in the city of Magnitogorsk, located near the border with Kazakhstan, say no traces of explosives have been found and that a gas leak is to blame.

They added that the blast was unconnected with a minibus which exploded the following day due to a leaking fuel tank.

The news came as the death toll from the tower disaster was increased to 22, with 19 people still missing. ... illed.html
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