| GEO World|
| Bomb kills three in southern Russia city|
| Updated at: 2052 PST, Wednesday, May 26, 2010|
MOSCOW: At least three people were killed and eight injured when a bomb exploded near a cafe in the centre of the southern Russian city of Stavropol on Wednesday, Russian news agencies reported.
"We have information that three women died and eight people were injured," Inter fax quoted the head of the city administration's department for emergency situations Boris Skripka as saying.
He said police were investigating if the blast was a "terrorist attack."
Stavropol is an ethnically Russian city around 350kilometres (220 miles) northwest of Chechnya's local capital Grozny.
Chechnya and the neighbouring republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan have seen an upsurge of Islamist violence in recent months.