On 31 December 2018, at about 0600 local time, an explosion occurred at an apartment block in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk region; the explosion and the building's partial collapse killed 38 and injured 19.
The official explanation remains that this was caused by a gas explosion. Separately, on the evening of 1 January 2019, a minibus exploded on a nearby street, killing three men. The authorities claimed this was caused by a natural gas tank malfunction. Video footage was released, purportedly showing the minibus on fire, but probable high-velocity gunfire could also be heard. Local media, including Znak.com and 74.ru, claimed, citing anonymous sources in the law enforcement agencies, that both explosions were terrorism-linked.
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