At Least 5 Dead, Dozens Injured in Belarus Subway Blast (Video)
There was an explosion at a metro station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk today.
The bomb reportedly was on escalator. Eyewitnesses say at least 5 are dead and more than 50 have been injured.
Eurasia News reported:
An explosion has hit a metro station in the center of the Belarusian capital during rush hour, reportedly causing several fatalities and injuring more than a dozen.
The blast occurred at the Oktyabrskaya metro station in downtown Minsk, not far from President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s offices.
An RFE/RL correspondent who was entering the metro when she heard the explosion, Valyantsina Aksak, reported seeing fire after the explosion and the metro station being pitched into darkness.
She said she saw “corpses” and people trying to help victims whose clothes were on fire.
Aksak said that there were many commuters at the station when the explosion hit, around 6:00 p.m. local time.
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UPDATE: Israel National News reported that 11 are dead and 100 more wounded. Witnesses said the bomb was filled with nuts, bolts and other types of shrapnel.
No word yet on the identity of the perpetrator(s). However, the official Interfax news agency quoted a security source that said the explosion was most probably due to an act of terror.