April 13, 2011
MINSK, Belarus — The president of Belarus, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, announced Wednesday that the security services had caught the perpetrators of a subway bombing that killed 12 people, saying that two suspects had confessed to the crime.
But Mr. Lukashenko provided few if any details about the investigation that led to what he said was a “brilliant operation” to arrest the suspects. Nor did he identify the suspects or offer a clue as to their motives, deepening the mystery surrounding the attack.
Mr. Lukashenko, who has ruled this former Soviet republic since 1994 and harshly suppressed opposition to his government, instead immediately insinuated that his political rivals as well as Western governments might have been involved. The bombing occurred during the evening rush hour on Monday in a subway station in the center of Minsk, the Belarus capital, close to presidential and other government offices. More than 200 people were injured, many seriously.
“Maybe these members of the fifth column can open a map and show us who ordered this,” Mr. Lukashenko said in televised remarks. “Question them all, regardless of the democracy and the cries and groans of their foreign sympathizers.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 8:11 am