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Explosive device goes off in US Embassy in Ukraine

explosive device bursts in US Embassy in Ukraine
An explosive device went off on the ground of the US Embassy in Ukraine's capital early today in what police called "an act of terrorism", The Daily Mirror news reported Thursday. 

An attacker threw the device over the embassy's security fence just after midnight.

No one was injured in the blast and there was no damage to the embassy in north-west Kiev.

Police sent a rapid response unit and explosives experts to the attack site and are still hunting the terrorist.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, and the investigation has been handed over to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), which is responsible for investigating crimes including terror acts.

The embassy was open to visitors as usual this morning.

An unidentified spokesperson for the embassy told Ukrainian News that operations were not disrupted and officials were cooperating with the investigation.

The spokesperson said: "The embassy is in normal working mode."

A police spokesperson said in a statement: "Today at 12.05am the Kiev police received a report of an explosion at the US Embassy in the Shevchenko district of Kiev.

"It was determined that an unknown assailant threw an unidentified explosive device onto the grounds of the diplomatic mission.

"Criminal proceedings have been initiated under Art. 258 (Terrorist Act) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine."

It was the second time in about six weeks Kiev police have been called to an explosion at or near an embassy.

In the early hours of April 24 a smoke bomb went off in the road near Lithuania's Embassy in the south of the city.

Police opened an investigation under the hooliganism section of Ukraine's Criminal Code.

Fresh clashes and more deaths were reported in eastern Ukraine this week, as fighting continued between the country's military and Russian-backed separatists.

The conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border began in April 2014 and has resulted in thousands of people being killed and more than a million being displaced from their homes.

Last Modified: Thursday، 08 June 2017 01:59 PM