August 24, 2017 / 12:19 PM / a year ago

Two injured in explosion in central Kiev, police say

KIEV (Reuters) - Two people were injured on Thursday in an explosion near government headquarters in the center of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, on the Independence Day holiday, police said.

Investigators and policemen work at the site of an explosion near government headquarters in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Olena Gitlyanska, spokeswoman for Ukraine’s state security service, said the blast, at around 2 p.m., was most likely an act of hooliganism.

The local television channel 112 showed a woman lying on the ground in the street near the government building.

Witnesses told the TV channel that the explosive device seemed to have been thrown from a passing car.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Richard Balmforth

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