Russian Night Club Fire Claims Over 100

by Matt Carlson

A night club fire in Perm, Russia has killed at least 103 people late Friday, according to MSNBC.

The fire occurred at the popular Lame Horse night club where the club's eighth anniversary was being celebrated.  Besides the 109 dead, as reported by the Sunday Times, an additional 134 people were injured, many were in critical condition.

Fear of terror attacks were put out by Vladimir Markin, a Russian government spokesman, who said there was no suspicion of terrorist involvement.  According to MSNBC, Russia's Federal Security Service had found no evidence of a  bomb in the wreckage.

The terror fears stem from an attack on Russia's Nevsky Express passenger train which was bombed last week, killing 27 and injuring 100.  Chechen rebels have since claimed responsibility for that attack, according to MSNBC.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has declared a day of mourning for the victims.  He also said the people responsible for the club fires should be severely punished.

According to the Times, a criminal investigation has begun in regard to safety violations made by the nightclub's owners.  One of the  owners has been arrested.

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