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October 23, 2021

Suspects in Minsk subway bombing arrested

MINSK – Investigators saidon Wednesday that they hadarrested a possible suspect in thebombing at a subway station herethis week that killed 12 people,newyorktimes reports.

The suspect resembles a mancaught on surveillance camerasplacing what is believed to be abomb on a bench at theOktyabrskaya station onMonday, Andrei Shved, Belarus’sdeputy prosecutor general, said.

“The recording clearly showsthe suspect arriving at theKupalovskaya station, crossinginto the Oktyabrskaya station,placing a bag on a bench andleaving,” Mr. Shved said, accordingto Belarussian news agencies.The man then reached into hispocket, Mr. Shved said, “afterwhich the explosion occurred.”

Mr. Shved did not identifythe suspect or offer any furtherevidence of his involvement. Thesuspect is one of two people incustody in connection withMonday’s bombing, Mr. Shvedsaid. They know each other andcome from the same city, he said.

Wednesday’s announcementcame a day after the head ofBelarus’s security services suggestedthat members of thecountry’s embattled oppositionmight have been behind thebombing, which occurred ashort distance from the offices ofthe country’s authoritarian president,Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

Belarusian President AlexanderLukashenko says two suspectshave confessed in the fatal bombingof the subway system in thecapital. In a televised statementon Wednesday, Lukashenko saidthe suspects have confessed to theMonday bombing in Minsk thatkilled 12 people and woundedsome 200 others.

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