Following an explosion at Minsk metro’s Oktyabrskaya station at approximately 17:55 on 11th April 2011 in which 12 people died, the Federal Security Service of Russia has dispatched a team to aid the Belarus government’s investigation into the incident.
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin said:
“On behalf of the Russian government, and personally, I would like to express my deepest condolences over the Minsk metro blast that resulted in casualties. Our country has experienced these kinds of attacks. Please, accept our sincerest condolences.
Like no one else we share the grief of the fraternal Belarusian nation. We wish all the victims a speedy recovery. You can count on our complete help and cooperation, including any support you might need in the investigation of this tragedy.”
149 people were injured by the explosion 22 of whom are in a grave condition and 30 suffered moderate injuries. The Belarus KGB has set up a response team led by the KGB Chairman. An investigation team is now working on the site of the blast. The team is led by Deputy Prosecutor General Andrei Shved.
According to the Belarus government, the explosive device contained 5kg of trotyl, pieces of reinforced metal, eighty 8mm nails and 15mm ball bearings. It was left at a bench on the platform.