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Belarus president visits blast site

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 01:11

Apr 12 - President Alexander Lukashenko lays flowers at Minsk's busiest metro station where a rush-hour blast killed 12 people and left hundreds injured. Nick Rowlands reports.

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President Alexander Lukashenko lays flowers at the site of a blast that tore through a crowded metro station in the Belarus capital Minsk on Monday. The explosion struck during evening rush hour at a busy underground station near to the presidential headquarters. 12 people were killed with over 200 injured and in hospital, according to the defence ministry. Lukashenko claimed the blast was an attempt to destabilize the country, and might be linked to a previous unsolved attack from 2008. He also hinted that foreign forces may have been responsible. Lukashenko has led the tightly policed ex-Soviet republic since 1994. He is at odds with Western governments over his authoritarian rule and a police crackdown on an rally against his re-election last December. Opposition figures are afraid Lukashenko will use the blast as an excuse to further suppress rival political activity. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Belarus president visits blast site

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 01:11