President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has said that two people have confessed to Monday’s deadly metro bombing.
He also hinted that opposition leaders would be questioned over the attack, saying they might be able to identify whoever ordered it.
The long-standing leader praised security forces for detaining the “perpetrators” without any fuss in “a brilliant operation”. “The crime has been solved,” he said.
According to Lukashenko, the suspects – an electrician and a machine-operator – also admitted to two previous attacks in 2005 and 2008.
Officials said 12 people were killed and some 200 injured in Monday’s blast at a crowded metro station in the capital Minsk. Many Belarussians mourning the victims are mystified over the reasons for the bombing.
Abroad, one London-based think-tank, Exclusive Analysis, was amazed at the speed of the police operation. Usually, investigations into terrorist attacks take time, it said, noting what it called the “highly politicised nature of the incident”.