Tajik Man Injured In Russian Building Collapse On New Year’s Eve Released From Hospital
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A Tajik man who was severely injured and lost his family in the partial collapse of an apartment building in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk on New Year's Eve has been released from hospital.
Officials at the hospital in Chelyabinsk, capital of the region in the Urals where Magnitogorsk is located, said that 26-year-old Shuhrat Ulfatov was released on January 29.
Ulfatov was found in the rubble seven hours after an explosion on December 31 sent a section of the 10-story building crashing to the ground, killing at least 39 people.
Ulfatov's 24-year-old wife and their three children were among those killed.
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The only person said to still be hospitalized after the blast is an 11-month-old boy, Ivan Fokin, who spent 35 hours in the rubble in freezing cold before he was rescued.
Fokin suffered a skull injury, fractures, kidney dysfunction, frostbite, dehydration, and hypothermia. He is being treated in Moscow.
Russian officials have said that a gas leak was the most probable cause of the explosion.
Following a claim of responsibility by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and Russian media reports suggesting the blast may have been a terrorist attack, the Investigative Committee said no traces of explosives were found.
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