Blast rocks Tajik ministry office

A powerful bomb has destroyed windows and damaged cars outside Tajikistan's Emergencies Ministry, according to the ex-Soviet state's interior minister.

    Dushanbe's Emergencies Ministry was targeted in January too

    There was no word of any injuries.

    "I do not exclude that this was a terrorist act," Interior Minister Khumdin Sharipov told reporters at the scene on Monday. "This is already the second explosion right on the same place."

    In late January, a powerful blast, believed to be a car bomb, rocked the same building in the centre of the Tajik capital Dushanbe, killing a man.

    Sharipov said that this time the explosive device was planted on a wheelbarrow of the sort often used by bazaar traders.

    Two cars parked nearby were damaged by the blast. Several windows of the Emergencies Ministry were destroyed.

    Tajikistan, a Muslim nation of seven million, remains volatile and flooded with weapons after a 1992-97 civil war between Muslim rebels and the secular government which
    claimed more than 100,000 lives.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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