KHABAROVSK, August 2 (Itar-Tass) — Reinforced investigating teams of the Khabarovsk Territory’s Federal Security Service (FSB) department, interior department and other agencies are engaged in the search for the masterminds and perpetrators of a heinous crime – a home-made bomb explosion at kindergarten No. 80 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
“Motivation of the people who committed this abominable crime goes beyond reason. The masterminds and all perpetrators of the crime will certainly be found and will be duly punished,” head of the territorial interior department Andrei Sergeyev stressed at an extraordinary press conference. “If they offer resistance during detention, they will be liquidated,” he said.
According to specified data, the 5-year-old girl affected by the blast got burns of the eyes, as well as laceration of hands. She picked up a box tied with a bright gift ribbon on the veranda of the kindergarten, and the box exploded. The box was packed with nails and metal pieces. According to preliminary assessment of experts, the power of the explosion was equivalent to 5-7 grams of TNT.
Various versions are being considered. The main one is a terrorist act.
Law enforcement agencies do not rule out that it was a provocation on the eve of a meeting with RF Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev on extremism and terrorism prevention scheduled for Wednesday in Khabarovsk.