Monday, April 11, 2011

At least seven dead and hundreds injured in the capital of Belarus by an explosion in the subway

At least seven people died and nearly a hundred were injured in an explosion in the subway in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior of the country. Local authorities reported that at the moment, unaware of the cause of the explosion, but police working on the hypothesis of a terrorist attack, according to Agence France Presse.

Lukasko has convened an urgent meeting of the Cabinet and head of government in the coming hours to the nation. "Panic broke out among travelers," said one witness, who added that the incident took place shortly before 18.00 local time, when Oktiábraskaya-station located near the residence of President Alexander Lukasko in power since 1994 - came two trains full of passengers.

Emergency services took dozens of people bloody in the arms and on stretchers, said another witness to the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti. Apparently, several people were injured in the collapse of the escalator leading to the street. In the central Independence avenue, where the subway Oktiábraskaya, have rallied a large number of fire engines, ambulances and police vans.

Some 35 victims were hospitalized. "I heard a sound like when you open a bottle of champagne. Then, they jumped in the air the windows of the car and started out the smoke. There was so much smoke and we are scared because we thought we would choke, "said a witness." Near the entrance of the station there were two bodies with their heads covered by a sheet, "said another.

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