A car exploded in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk in the North Caucasus region on Friday, killing at least three people, the Russian news agency TASS reported, citing a security source.
The blast in the city of Pyatigorsk took place next to the Road Traffic Safety Department, a road police source told RIA new agency.
According to TASS, the car exploded near a mall, while Interfax reported it badly damaged a traffic police building.
The powerful explosion reportedly shattered the windows of nearby houses. However, it remains unclear whether the blast was caused by an explosive device or if it was an accidental gas blast.
Administration in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk, where 3 people were killed in a car bomb today, declared a state of emergency in the city.