Flats-blast toll rises to 49

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Rescuers yesterday pulled more bodies from the wreckage of an apartment building that housed Russian Border Guard officers and their families, bringing the death-toll from a weekend explosion to 49.

One or more bombs may have been planted in the basement, though the cause of the explosion has not been established. Police detained a suspect but gave no details. The explosion destroyed 41 apartments in the building at Kaspyisk, on the Caspian Sea, in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. AP - Moscow