MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A motorist was saved from a bomb blast after the ignition failed to start his booby-trapped Mercedes onMonday in southern Russia, RIA news agency reported.

After failing to get his car started, the owner called anelectrician, who discovered a powerful bomb, the agency said. Explosives experts in the southern city of Makhachkala laterdefused the device.

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