Lukashenko denies assassination plot

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko promises that he will not use Friday's bomb blast to crack down on his opponents.

The president said that the attack was aimed at sowing the seeds of panic instead of it being a personal attack against him.

Lukashenko told reporters in Minsk, "We have no plan to tighten the screws in Belarus. The investigation (into the bombing) will be in accordance with the law".

The bomb blast on Friday during a rock concert sprayed steel nuts and bolts into a holiday crowd in downtown Minsk and left more than 50 people injured. Three of the injured have suffered serious injuries and one victim has had fingers amputated.

According to Lukashenko, Russia's security service has joined with Belarusian officers in investigating the bombing. The president also added that the US had also offered assistance, which would be accepted if necessary.

No one has as yet claimed responsibility for the blast.