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
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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