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Blast at market in Russian Caucasus city: reports

A strong explosion on Thursday rocked the central market in the Russian Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz, in the region of North Ossetia, causing casualties, Russian news agencies reported.

The Interfax news agency quoted a local interior ministry source as saying there were casualties and the blast appeared to have come from a car that blew up at the entrance to the market.

The ITAR-TASS news agency said that the power of the blast shattered windows of nearby buildings.

North Ossetia lies in Russia’s troubled Northern Caucasus region and north of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia, over which Moscow and Tbilisi fought a war in August 2008.