At least eight people have been killed in an explosion on a city minibus in Moldova's breakaway Trans-Dniester region, officials say.
The blast happened near the city centre
More than 20 people were injured - some seriously - in the blast in the city of Tiraspol. Officials said they believed it was caused by a bomb.
The authorities issued an urgent appeal for donors to help the badly wounded.
Trans-Dniester, which broke away from Moldova in a 1991-1992 war, is not internationally recognised.
The blast took place at about 0700 (0400 GMT) at a crossroads near the city centre.
"The blast was so powerful that the roof of the minibus was thrown a distance of about 100 metres, and clothes were ripped off the bodies of the victims," said Trans-Dniester's interior ministry spokesman, quoted by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.
Several people were injured inside a nearby trolleybus, officials said.
Experts are working at the scene trying to determine the cause of the explosion.
However, Trans-Dniester's interior deputy minister Oleg Belyakov said it could have been caused by an explosive device which was accidentally triggered.
Trans-Dniester, a mainly Russian-speaking region, has been tense since March, when Moldova and Ukraine imposed a new customs regime. It requires exporters in Trans-Dniester to register with the Moldovan authorities.
The Trans-Dniester administration says it amounts to a blockade.
Russian troops are deployed in the region to protect the separatists.