Nine people are thought to be trapped under the rubble of an apartment building in Astrakhan, Russia, Voice of Russia reports.
Another 17 people were evacuated after a reported gas explosion this morning. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into the blast, according to RFE/RL.
Worryingly, the Russian secret service hasn’t ruled out this being a terrorist attack, according to the Independent ‘s Shaun Walker. Given the other big Russian news of the morning, and recent Russian history, it is a real possibility.
Here’s footage of the building collapsing:
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