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Lukashenko: opposition must be questioned over bombing

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Lukashenko: opposition must be questioned over bombing


As people in Belarus mourn the victims of Monday’s bombing in Minsk, President Lukashenko says opposition politicians must be questioned over comments made about the attack. Some have reportedly suggested the authorities may have been behind it.

Earlier the state security service issued a description of a man in his 20s. At least two people thought to be Belarussian nationals are in custody. The president has reportedly claimed that they have confessed.

Officials say 12 people were killed and some 200 injured in the blast at a crowded metro station in the capital.

The authorities describe it as a terrorist attack. A security chief suggested there may be a link to last year’s anti-government protests. Police have been carrying out on-the-spot identity checks.

Unlike neighbouring Russia, the former Soviet republic, described by critics as Europe’s last dictatorship, has no Islamist insurgency problem.

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