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Four civilians blew up in their car, apparently as it drove on an explosive device near the demarcation line in the conflict-struck area of Luhansk region.

A local resident in Stanytsia Luhanska on April 7 initially reported his neighbors (57-year-old spouses and their 38-year-old son with his 38-year-old wife) went missing after driving off from the neighborhood in their Chevrolet Niva, the press secretary of the National Police Dept in Luhansk region Tatiana Pohukay wrote on Facebook.

During the search operation, a severely damaged vehicle was found near the Siversky Donets River, which is directly on the line of delimitation.

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A CSI team and a bomb squad are working at the scene, the report says.

The incident is initially being investigated as "intentional homicide" but it is not ruled out that the investigation would later focus on a "terrorist act."