U.S. citizen injured in gas explosion on Moscow's Kutuzovsky Prospekt

A U.S. citizen was hurt in a gas explosion in the western part of Moscow, Viktor Biryukov, the head of the press service for the Emergency Situations Ministry's Main Department for Moscow, said.

A U.S. citizen was hurt in a gas explosion in the western part of Moscow, Viktor Biryukov, the head of the press service for the Emergency Situations Ministry's Main Department for Moscow, said.

"The woman, who was flown by an Emergency Situations Ministry helicopter to hospital from Kutuzovsky Prospekt, is a citizen of the U.S. and works for the U.S. embassy in Moscow," Biryukov said.

The press service for the Emergency Situations Ministry's Main Department for Moscow told Interfax the explosion has damaged several apartments and cars.

"There is information that the household gas explosion damaged several apartments and cars parked near the apartment building," the press service said.

The police are now evacuating residents from the apartment building.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has confirmed that its employee was injured as a result of a gas explosion at an apartment building in the Russian capital.

"The U.S. Embassy confirms that a U.S. diplomat was injured in a reported gas explosion at an apartment building on Kutozovskiy Prospect today. While few details are currently available, we are closely monitoring the situation and appreciate the support shown for our employee's quick recovery," the U.S. diplomatic mission said in a press release, seen by Interfax on Thursday.

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