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Monday, September 13, 1999 Published at 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK

World: Europe

Pictures from a shocked city

Officials in Moscow say they believe an explosion that levelled a block of flats was caused by a bomb.

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Hundreds of rescue workers are taking part in the clean-up operation, while other emergency situation officers seal off the area to search for explosives in nearby houses.

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Fragments of the nine-storey building were blown up to 100 metres away and the windows of neighbouring buildings were shattered by the explosion.

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The scene was too upsetting for some people watching from a nearby building.

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President Yeltsin has ordered tight security across the country. Here, a policeman checks the passport of a man at a Moscow railway station.

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Muscovites light candles in a Moscow church as they mourn those killed in the recent blasts.

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Dozens of bodies have been recovered from the remains of the building. It is not known how many people were at home when the blast reduced the block to fragments.

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