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28 October 2020, 19:57

Arson in Mozyr classified as act of terrorism

Photo courtesy of the Investigative Committee
Photo courtesy of the Investigative Committee

MINSK, 28 October (BelTA) – The building of the traffic police division of the Mozyr District Police Department was set on fire in the night of 28 October. This arson has been classified as an act of terrorism, BelTA learned from Konstantin Bychek, Department Head of the Investigations Office of the State Security Committee (KGB) of Belarus, on 28 October.

The criminal case papers have been forwarded to the KGB's Gomel Oblast Office for investigating. The KGB and other law enforcement agencies are looking for the perpetrators.

An unknown man approached the rear side of the building at about 3:30 on 28 October, broke a window on the first floor, and dropped a bottle with flammable liquid inside. The resulting fire was localized within one room. No one was injured.

A crime scene investigation unit arrived at the scene one minute after a local resident reported the act of arson to the police. A police officer tried to extinguish the fire using a car fire extinguisher but firefighters were the ones to put it out in the end. No police officers were injured.

The room was used by a unit of the voluntary people's patrol [patrolmen are raised from members of the general public, draw no salaries, and serve as auxiliary units of the regular police force]. Walls, the floor, a window sill, and office equipment were damaged by the fire. The word “Retribution!” was written in paint on the wall outside.

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