27 INJURED IN BLASTS IN DNIPROPETROVSK

27.04.12


Dnipropetrovsk

There are several reports, including on the BBC website about four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, which have injured at least 27 people, including 9 children. No-one has died, but one person is reported by the BBC Ukrainian service to be very seriously injured.

The first two blasts happened at a busy central tram stop and near a local cinema, officials said. All the devices were apparently planted in rubbish bins and no warnings or alerts were given.

No suspects have yet been identified, and Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko has flown to the city with the deputy heads of the Prosecutor General's Office and the national security service.

The prosecutors' spokesman said the explosions were being treated as a terrorist attack. However, the Kyiv Post is reporting that one former top law enforcement official expressed doubts over the terrorism claim.

“This doesn’t look like a terrorist attack, but more like a criminal act stemming from an economic dispute,” said Oleksandr Skipalsky, a former Security Service of Ukraine lieutenant general and ex-head of the military intelligence department of the Defense Ministry.


Read more at : http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/126772/#ixzz1tG9B6hAi

Shock at the attacks and support for Ukraine and the victims has been expressed by many leading political figures, including Baroness Catherine Ashton on behalf of the EU. The Association of Ukrainians totally condemns acts of terrorism against innocent civilians and sends all those affected by this appalling crime the sympathy and sincere good wishes of all Ukrainians in Great Britain.



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