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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.