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Russian woman falls to death from bridge while taking selfie

A woman takes a selfie with a smartphone in front of a fountain in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

A woman takes a selfie with a smartphone in front of a fountain in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 29, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)   | Photo Credit: Manu Fernandez

Around 10 people have been already killed and 100 hurt this year in accidents in Russia while snapping hazardous images.

A 21-year-old woman died after falling from a bridge while trying to take a selfie in Russia.

Anna Krupeynikova was out sightseeing around Moscow with her friends. When she leaned against a fence to take a picture of herself, her support reportedly gave way and she fell off the bridge to death.

Anna, a tourism graduate, had come to the spot with a group in a bus to celebrate the birthday of a friend.

“She was quiet but always cheerful,” Anton, one in the group, said.

“Suddenly I heard a yell and someone said ‘Anna fell down’ I thought it was a joke but then I saw the reaction of people who went and looked over the side of the bridge,” he said.

Local media said police were investigating whether Anna was under the influence of alcohol. However, her friends said nobody on the bus was drinking.

Russia recently launched a campaign urging people to take safe selfies. Mock road signs were placed to warn against dangerous poses, after a number of people were killed or injured while clicking photos of themselves.

Around 10 people have been already killed and 100 hurt this year in accidents in Russia while snapping hazardous images, from posing with a loaded gun or a hand grenade to climbing on to a railway bridge.

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