Explosion rocks downtown Rostov-on-Don, 1 victim
The man was taken to hospital with serious condition.
An explosion rocked downtown Rostov-on-Don and tore off a man’s hand, reported Rostov-na-Donu Glavny VK page. The incident was also reported by Don-TR and Bloknot Rostov-na-Donu.
"There was an explosion near school № 5 (a preparatory school), on Sadovaya Street, a bag exploded at 7 am. It tore off the janitor’s hand. Parents have been warned," Rostov-na-Donu Glavny posted on the social media.
Later, the VK page posted more details: "Sotsialistichaskaya [Street] is closed from Fevral to Kirovsky. All special services are there. They say the guy was carrying the bag, then dropped it, and it exploded. It tore off his hand, it seems. There were screams. They say, explosives have been found in the school itself. "
Bloknot Rostov-na-Donu published a different version: the janitor found an ownerless bag and it exploded. According to RIA Novosti’s source, the janitor has also been wounded in the stomach. Don24.ru reported that the victim had been taken away by an ambulance.
According to Life, the victim works as a watchman. He was walking around the premises and noticed a suspicious object. After the explosion he was hospitalized with a critical condition.
Yandex.Maps reported that the traffic in the area has been blocked because of firefighters. The transport moving along Sotsialistichaskaya Street has been blocked from Fevral 7 to Kirovsky Street.
The bomb was disguised as a flashlight
Eyewitnesses said that the janitor picked up the flashlight and it exploded, according to Rostov-na-Donu Glavny post. Later Rosgvardia confirmed this version, saying an improvised explosive device (IED) was disguised as a flashlight, TASS reported.
TASS sources confirmed there was an explosion, reporting that the incident occurred around 7 am Moscow time near Sotsialistichaskaya Street. “According to preliminary data, a man suffered, his fingers were torn off," the source said. He added that a school is near the scene, the premises are cordoned off and special services are operating in the field.
Interfax reported that according to the preliminary version, the man was walking along the street and saw a bag with a flashlight inside: "He pressed the button and an explosion occurred. His fingers got torn off." The details of the incident are being clarified, the source added.
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Bomb-disposal experts of the local Rosgvardia are coming to the scene. Sappers are to investigate the place of the explosion to see if there are other explosive items, as well as to establish the type and power of the explosive device, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta was told in the Rosgvardia administration in the Rostov region.
Because of the incident, classes have been canceled at the school near the place of explosion, it has been cordoned off, and parents have been informed by text messages, the online newspaper Bolshoi Rostov reported.
Video: Explosion near school № 5 on April 6, 2017, Rostov-na-Donu Glavny
Windows and glass doors of the educational institution were broken. Many students tried to escape through windows. The Polytechnic College doorkeeper said that it took the ambulance very long to arrive.