Car blast in Moldovan capital kills national tennis chief

10:52, June 08, 2011      

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A destroyed car is removed from the scene of a blast in the Moldovan capital Chisinau June 7, 2011. The head of Moldova's tennis federation died of wounds sustained when a parked car blew up on Tuesday in the centre of the capital Chisinau as he walked by, police and doctors said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

President of Moldova's Tennis Federation Igor Turcan died of wounds he sustained when a parked car exploded Tuesday in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, police said.

The car, which was parked there for two days, was totally burned, according to reports reaching here from Moldova.

Turcan was seriously injured as he walked by the car at the time of explosion.

Turcan suffered several serious injuries, with fractures in both legs and a traumatic shock of Grade 4.

All vital functions of the injured president were maintained by machines and drugs, said doctors of the Emergency Hospital where Turcan was being treated.

"The blast was very powerful; it is premature to say what caused it. A conclusion on this case will be presented after specialists from the bomb and technical service investigate it," said Adrian Jovmir, head of the information and public relations service of the Chisinau General Police Commissariat.

According to him, the car that exploded had Russian number plates and had been parked at a crossroads of two streets in central Chisinau for about two days. At present, the police work to collect data about the car.

It is not yet known the reason of the incident, and witnesses said that most likely the explosion was due to the natural gas devices on board.

Asked if this could have been a murder attempt, Jovmir said that the conclusions will be made public only after specialists' analyses.

It was noted that in the campaign for the June 5 local elections, Turcan headed the electoral staff of an independent candidate for the post of Chisinau mayor. Earlier, after Turcan had been elected head of the Tennis Federation, he got into litigation with the organization's former leadership, who said that Turcan was not elected to this post fairly. The two sides have been in trial so far.

In a briefing, Prime Minister Vlad Filat said that the explosion "is an unfortunate incident and I am sure the investigation will be done with maximum professionalism."

Source: Xinhua

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