Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: Bombing On Minsk Metro, 12 Killed and 126 Injured

Posted by Info on 13/04/2011

The bomb, packed with nails and ball bearings, rocked Oktyabrskaya station in the capital of Belarus on 11.4. The bombing killed 12 people and injured 126.
The explosion happened at 1755 local time as people were getting off a train at the station. It is one of the busiest in Minsk, linking the city’s two metro lines.

It is believed to have been radio-controlled.
Russian investigators would arrive on Wednesday to assist Belarus in the hunt for the culprits. Several people have been already arrested.

There is as yet no information on the cause of the explosion, the first ever in the Minsk metro.
Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, won disputed presidential polls last December Dozens of opposition figures, including political rivals were arrested after violent protests in Minsk following the announcement of the result.
While Belarus has been largely free of the terrorist violence, some 50 people were injured in July 2008 when a bomb went off at an independence day concert that Lukashenko was attending.

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