July 4th, 2008. Posted in News from Belarus
Act of terrorism: Between 40 and 50 people hurt in bomb blast during Independence Day concert in Minsk
The explosion happened at the intersection between Masheraw and Victors’ Avenues, the venue of the concert attended by Alyaksandr Lukashenka and a crowd of thousands people, at around 1 a.m.The people hurt in the attack were rushed to hospitals across the city, Tatsyana Mihal of the health ministry told Officials said that there were no fatalities.
The police said that the bomb was a home-made device. Foreign news agencies reported that nuts and bolts were seen around the area of the explosion
Mr. Lukashenka, as well as Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumaw and the city’s police chief, Anatol Kulyashow, reportedly arrived at the scene minutes after the blast.
The police have instituted criminal proceedings under Article 339 that penalizes hooliganism in connection with the blast.
Two similar explosions occurred in Vitsyebsk in September 2005, when a home-made device injured 46 people. No perpetrators have been found, although the police said earlier this year that they had arrested someone “who may be involved” in the attack. // NewsBY.org
Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net