Russian Skater's Car Blown Up

Blondie band members from left to right, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, backstage after being inducted at the tweny-first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner in New York, Monday, March 13, 2006.

A new BMW car belonging to Russian world figure skating champion Maria Butyrskaya was blown up in Moscow late on Thursday, the skater said on Friday.

"I drove home from practice on Thursday evening, locked the car and went into my apartment,'' said Butyrskaya. `"Neighbors told me they saw two men running away from the car and then they heard an explosion."

Police were investigating the bomb attack.

The incident was the latest in a series of attacks on high-profile sports figures in Russian cities in recent months.

Last week, Moldova soccer captain Alexandru Curtianu suffered serious head injuries after being attacked outside of his apartment building in St Petersburg.

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