Girl hurt in kindergarten blast to keep her eyesight

KHABAROVSK, August 3 (Itar-Tass) — The five year old girl injured in the kindergarten explosion in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on Tuesday will be treated in Khabarovsk, the territorial health care ministry told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Physicians held consultations at which they decided on the expediency of further treatment of Ulyana Zezina in a regional specialized hospital: the Eye Microsurgery inter-branch research and technological complex. The girl suffered from a complicated retinal burn.

Doctors in Komsomolsk-on-Amur said “she is in a satisfactory condition at present.” In their opinion, Ulyana will be able to keep her eyesight. “She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth,” they said, “as such injuries entail far more serious consequences.”

On Tuesday, a homemade bomb packed into an aerosol spray can in gift wrapping exploded in kindergarten No. 80 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Police detained a suspect who confessed of making that explosive device.

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev visited Ulyana in the hospital later on Wednesday, after she was brought to Khabarovsk’s eye surgery clinic, the only medical institution in the Far East of such a high level.

He talked with Ulyana’s parents, hospital personnel and the girl whom he promised to punish the perpetrator of the crime.

“I promise you we’ll do everything to punish that man,” the minister said.

Nurgaliyev ordered head of the Interior Ministry’s department for the Khabarovsk Territory Andrei Sergeyev and head of the department for the Far Eastern federal District Yevgeny Kuzhel to provide comprehensive assistance to the investigators in gathering and solidifying evidence for holding the culprit responsible.

“There is no place for such people in our society. They must be isolated,” the interior minister underlined.

At the visiting session of the inter-departmental commission for counteracting extremism in Russia, he noted “coordinated and quick work by law-enforcement bodies, which quickly reacted and took the proper measures” in investigating the kindergarten explosion.



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