35 Dead, Dozens Injured As Gas Station Explodes In Russia

35 Dead, Dozens Injured As Gas Station Explodes In Russia

A huge gas explosion in Russia has left 35 people dead and dozens injured, according to reports from officials. 

According to media reports, a fire started at a nearby car repair shop and spread to the gas station, before the explosion occurred. 

The successive fire covered an area of approximately 600 square meters, the report said.

Dagestan authorities said they are compensating the families of the deceased, who will receive 1 million rubles (about $10,000) each and those who were injured will receive 200,000-400,000 rubles (about $2,000-$4,000).

Dagestan Governor Sergei Melikov said three of those who died were children and the authorities have promised to launch a criminal investigation into the devastating incident. 

The explosion occurred in the outskirts of Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Republic of Dagestan, and it left a total of 105 people injured. 

In other news, Russian air strikes hit two western regions of Ukraine bordering NATO member Poland and other areas on Tuesday, killing three people in a factory and wounding more than a dozen, according to Ukrainian officials. 

Six missiles damaged dozens of buildings and a kindergarten playground in and around the regional capital.