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MOSCOW (Reuters) - An explosion derailed a Russian passenger train traveling between Moscow and St Petersburg late on Monday, injuring at least 20 people, officials said.
"As a result of an explosion at 21:38 (1738 GMT) ... several carriages of passenger train No. 166 from Moscow to St Petersburg were derailed," Russian Railways said in a statement.
It said the cause of the explosion was unknown.
Russian Railways said in a statement the blast was caused by "outside action", suggesting it may not have been a technical fault. No other details were given.
It was not clear last night whether the blast was a terrorist attack. But rescue workers discovered a 1.5 metre-deep crater under the train's ninth carriage, Interfax reported.