Belarus mourns victims of Minsk subway station bombing

10:44, April 14, 2011      

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A woman lays flowers near the entrance to the Oktyabrskaya metro station in Minsk April 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Belarus declared Wednesday a day of mourning for those killed Monday in a subway station bombing in the capital city.

Also Wednesday, police detained two Belarusian men in connection with the bombing and one of them may have placed the bomb at the station, Deputy Prosecutor General Andrey Shved said. The two men come from the same town and know each other, he said.

"We can say with a high degree of certainty that one of those detained is a perpetrator," Shved said.

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

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.

The explosion, which occurred at the main "Oktyabrskaya" subway station on Monday 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 (110 yards) of the presidential administration building and the Palace of the Republic, a concert hall often used for government ceremonies.

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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