Muslim prayer house in Russia set on fire

A bus damaged by a blast is examined by experts in Volgograd on Monday. A total of 40 people were on the city bus at the time of the explosion, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. At least five died and some people were injured.

A day after a suicide bomber blew herself up on a bus in Volgograd, killing six people and injuring about 30, a Muslim prayer house in the city was set on fire.

MOSCOW — Russian police said attackers set fire to a Muslim prayer house in a southern Russian city earlier rocked by a suicide bombing.

Volgograd police said Tuesday someone threw Molotov cocktails at the building late Monday night, but the custodian managed to put it out. Houses with rooms set aside for Muslim prayer are common in southern Russia.

Related: Female suicide bomber strikes Russian bus, 6 dead

A female suicide bomber blew herself up on a city bus on Monday, killing six people and injuring about 30. She is believed to be the wife of an Islamic militant.

The suspected bomber was from the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia where an Islamic insurgency has been simmering for more than a decade following two separatist wars in Chechnya.


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