Bomb explodes at hotel near Kremlin, 11 injured

MOSCOW -- The 436-room Intourist Hotel near the Kremlin here was rocked by a bomb explosion that injured 11 people, destroyed 5 guestrooms and resulted in the hotel's closing, according to VAO Intourist's U.S. office in Lake Worth Florida.

The travel firm said that the bomb exploded in a business office on the 20th floor, where no hotel facilities are located. The bomb caused "substantial damage," he said.

The 20th floor office where the bomb exploded belongs to a business run under the authority of Josef Kobzona, a member of Russia's parliament, the state DUMA.

Investigators do not believe that the bomb is related to the NATO's role in the Kosovo crisis, the VAO Intourist executive stated.

Meanwhile, all of the hotel guests were moved to other facilities. The 114 non-Russians that were booked into the hotel by VAO Intourist were upgraded, the company executive noted.

Crossroads will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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