MINSK, 29 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko condoles and empathizes with relatives and friends of the State Security Committee officer, who died in Minsk on 28 September, BelTA learned from the president's Press Secretary Natalya Eismont.
The press secretary noted that the tragedy happened at the time when Aleksandr Lukashenko was taking part in an expanded session of the Constitutional Commission. “The session was nearly over. In the current situation the president gets informed so fast that the head of state learned about what had happened 2-3 minutes after the shots were fired,” Natalya Eismont said.
Upon the president's instructions the KGB chief went to the site of the incident. One hour later the president was informed about all the circumstances of the tragedy in detail. According to the information the Internal Affairs Ministry and the State Security Committee had, a person implicated in preparations for a terrorist attack in Belarus lived in the apartment the special unit raided.
“Attempts to literally explode the situation in Belarus continue unabated and not everything about it has been said yet. After getting information about yet another threat the relevant agencies had to verify it and act upon it,” Natalya Eismont said.
The press secretary stated that after hearing the reports the head of state gave instructions to provide all kinds of support and assistance to the family of the dead KGB officer and his parents. “The president condoles and strongly empathizes with the family and friends of this guy,” the press secretary said.
Instructions to thoroughly investigate what had happened were also given on 28 September. “I would like to draw attention to the following words the president said: The response to what happened will be immediate and most severe. What happened yesterday will not be left unpunished,” Natalya Eismont concluded.