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Novgorod, Russia

A terrorist attack on a Russian train from Moscow to St. Petersburg left 20 people injured, but it could have been much worse. Russian prosecutors said someone placed a homemade, remote-controlled bomb on the track, about 100 feet from a bridge, and detonated it as the train passed. The intention, they said, was to send the train into the river. But the train, zooming at 125 mph when the bomb went off, made it across the bridge before it derailed onto dry land, where most of the 250 passengers and crew disembarked safely. The Federal Security Service, which has no suspects in the case, said that the attack showed that authorities were right to “step up anti-terrorist measures” ahead of parliamentary elections in December.

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