April 12, 2011

A rush-hour explosion which tore through an underground station in the Belarus capital Minsk, killing 12 people and wounding 126, was a terrorist act, an official said.

President Alexander Lukashenko did not say what caused yesterday’s explosion at Oktyabrskaya station, but suggested outside forces could be behind it.

“I do not rule out that this gift could have been brought from outside,” Mr Lukashenko said. The authoritarian leader, under strong pressure from the West over his suppression of the opposition, has frequently alleged outside forces seek to destabilise his regime.

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