Car bomb kills senior intelligence officer in central Kyiv

George Tzokas
By George Tzokas
June 27, 2017World News
Car bomb kills senior intelligence officer in central Kyiv

Ukrainian senior intelligence officer Maksim Shapoval, who reportedly led special forces in the fighting against pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv on Tuesday, june 27.

Col. Shapoval was chief of military intelligence’s special forces, reports Ukrainian media.

A CCTV camera caught the moment the blast went off, showing smoke and debris flying from the ruined car.

An Interior Ministry spokesman estimated the bomb used more than a pound of TNT.

Video footage of the mangled car shows that only the outer frame remained of the driver’s-side door.

Bomb investigators were quickly on the scene. The Defense Ministry has described the incident as a “terrorist act” though no details have been released on who could be behind it.

Bombings have increased in Ukraine since fighting began against pro-Russian separatists in 2014.

Car bombs, however, are relatively rare.

The last car bomb in Kyiv claimed the life of Pavel Sheremet, a prominent journalist known for his criticism of the Belarusian and Russian governments.

Two passersby were also wounded in the attack.

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