April 12, 2011
The president of Belarus says a blast that tore through a crowded metro station in the capital of Minsk in the evening rush hour, killing 11 people, was an attempt to destabilise the country.
As police placed the capital on high alert, Alexander Lukashenko linked the explosion to an unsolved blast in 2008, saying: “These are perhaps links in a single chain”.
“We must find out who gained by undermining peace and stability in the country, who stands behind this,” said the president, whose re-election for a fourth term and subsequent crackdown on protests in December was criticised by western nations.
Acts of deliberate violence are unusual in the ex-Soviet republic of 10 million people which shares borders with Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.