Minsk subway station blast kills 7

MINSK, Belarus, April 11 (UPI) -- An explosion ripped a subway station in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more, an Emergencies Ministry official said.

The Belarusian news agency Telegraf reported local TV channels had reported about 85 people were wounded, with about 35 treated at the scene and about 50 sent to hospitals.

The blast at the Oktyabrskaya metro station occurred at 5:55 p.m., the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. The cause of the explosion was not known.

Smoke was seen pouring from the station, which was cordoned off by police.

Telegraf reported witnesses said the explosion occurred in a train car and people covered with blood were seen coming out of the subway. The subway structures had not collapsed, the news agency said.

The rapid transit station is near the residence of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko


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