Police Arrest Several People Suspected Of Being Involved In Explosion In Sviato-Pokrovskyi Church In Zaporizhia

| July 31, 2010

Officers of the Ministry of Interior Affairs have arrested several people on suspicion of their being involved in the explosion in Sviato-Pokrovskyi church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Zaporizhia in July 28.

Interior Minister Anatolii Mohyliov announced this in Zaporizhia.

He did not specify how many suspects are under arrest. He said the involvement of the suspects in the case has not been proven so far and for this reason releasing their names would be inappropriate.

The interior minister also said that the expertise examination of the remains of the explosive device found on the place of explosion allows a conclusion that the improvised bomb contained clockwork.

Commenting on possible motives for the crime, Interior Minister Mohyliov presumed it could be committed for religious motives.

A representative of the Zaporizhia regional division of the Ministry of Interior Affairs said police guarantee UAH 200,000 in reward for information which will help resolve the case.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, nun Liudmyla, 80, died and five people have been hospitalized as a result of an improvised bomb in Sviato-Pokrovskyi church in Zaporizhia on July 28.

The Main department of the Internal Affairs Ministry in Zaporizhia region has opened a criminal case upon death of a person in a blast at Sviato-Pokrovskyi Church in Zaporizhia.

The explosion in Sviato-Pokrovskyi Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Zaporizhia occurred at about 16:00 on July 28.

July 28 was the last day of the visit of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Ukraine.

The prosecutor's office of Zaporizhia region rules out that July 28 blast at Sviato-Pokrovskyi Church was committed for any political reasons.



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