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Report: Blast wounds 50 in Belarus

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(CNN) -- Fifty people have been injured, four critically, in a blast in the Belarussian city of Vitebsk, the Russian news agency Interfax said.

The explosive device was planted in a flower bed outside a cafe and was filled with pieces of metal, Belarussian Emergency Situations Ministry sources told the news agency.

The blast site remained cordoned off by police, Interfax said.

The bombing Thursday night was the second in the city this month, the news agency said.

A blast took place September 14 in the city's Freedom Square, injuring two people. That bomb also was planted in a flower bed, Interfax said.

There were no signs of a terrorist attack, and the blast is attributed to "malicious hooliganism," the anti-terrorist center of the Belarus Secret Police, the KGB, told the news agency.

Belarus is west of Russia and is a former republic of the Soviet Union.

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