Belarusian subway bombing suspects reportedly confess

08:24, April 14, 2011      

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks in Minsk, capital of Belarus, April 13, 2011. Alexander Lukashenko said police detained two Belarusian men in connection with the bombing and one of them may have placed the bomb at the station. (Xinhua Photo)

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Wednesday two suspects have confessed to Monday's rush-hour bombing of the capital's subway system.

However, Lukashenko said in a televised statement he still did not know who ordered the bombing.

"We know who and how carried out the terrorist attack. So far we don't know why but it will be known soon and it is our main task now," Lukashenko said.

Analysts, investigators, and experts have precisely rebuilt the timeline of the crime through a massive amount of audio and video data, he added.

The explosion, which occurred at the main Oktyabrskaya subway station as people were coming off trains during the evening rush hour, killed 12 and injured about 200 others.

The Oktyabrskaya station is within 100 meters of the presidential administration building and the Palace of the Republic, a concert hall often used for government ceremonies.

Lukashenko said he had asked the country's prosecutor general to interrogate opposition activists about the blast "regardless of democracy, and cries and wailing of foreign sufferers" in a bid to find those ultimately behind the attack.

He said it is necessary "to draw lessons from this tragedy, not only for the security forces, but also for ordinary people."

Authorities have said the bomb was radio-controlled. There has been no claim of responsibility for the blast.

Belarus observed a day of mourning for the victims on Wednesday.

National flags in Minsk were flown at half-mast with mourning ribbons. All entertainment events in the city were canceled until the end of the week.

In the Orthodox and Catholic churches, services were held for the healing of victims and for the repose of those killed in the bombing.

"For quiet and peaceful Belarus it is more than a shock. People come and come to the place of the tragedy, as though unable to believe that all this actually happened," said Oleg, a local citizen.

In addition to the mourning, the city tightened security with all ceremonies, including funerals, to be held under intensified police supervision.

Source: Xinhua
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