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Ukraine bomb blasts injure dozens ahead of Euro 2012

April 29th, 2012 by · No Comments · Features, Football

Authorities treat as terrorism series of explosions injuring at least 29 in city of Dnipropetrovsk just weeks before football finals

At least 29 people were injured on Friday in a series of explosions that shook the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk just weeks before the country is due to co-host the Euro 2012 football championship.

The blasts sent panic through a country unused to the scourge of terrorism. They also raised concerns about the security of the thousands of football fans due to flood the country when the month-long tournament kicks off on 8 June.

The blasts went off in quick succession around noon in Dnipropetrovsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine. A first explosion shook a tram stop, smashing windows and scattering the ground with debris. Video uploaded to YouTube by witnesses showed people with bloodied limbs. No one died in the attacks.

Twenty minutes later, there was a second explosion in front of a cinema, followed by a blast near the railway station. A fourth blast targeted the same tram stop as the first.

Witnesses said it appeared that explosive devices had been placed in bins at the blast sites. Some reports said there were as many as 11 explosions. Nine children were among the injured.

 

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