updated 5/29/2004 1:46:49 AM ET 2004-05-29T05:46:49

A passenger train travelling from Moscow to a provincial capital in southern Russia was hit by an explosion early Saturday but no one was killed, according to preliminary information, officials said.

The train bound for Vladikavkaz, the capital of the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, was hit by an explosive near the village of Elkhotovo, said Alan Doyev, a spokesman for the regional police.

According to preliminary data, there were no victims, Doyev said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the explosive had been placed on the track or on one of the train's cars, he added.

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