Russia rejects claims ISIS behind Magnitogorsk blast

Friday, 18. January 2019 10:15

Russian Investigative Committee said on Friday that no explosives were found in the residential building in the Russian town of Magnitogorsk which collapsed in December, thus refuting claims by the Islamic State (ISIS) that it was responsible for the deadly incident. The committee's spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko noted a gas leak is "still believed" to be the cause of the building collapse.

"Therefore, I call on journalists to not trust the statements of terrorist organizations that often claim responsibility for high-profile incidents taking place in various countries," Petrenko added.

The 10-story building was hit by a strong explosion in late December which resulted in the deaths of over 30 people. On Thursday, the Al Naba newspaper claimed that ISIS militants were behind the explosion.

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