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Belarus seeks two in terror attack that baffles security experts

Belarus authorities say they have images of two male suspects in what experts call a sophisticated terror attack. They have tightened security around Minsk metro stations.


Interior ministry officers check passengers at the entrance to the Kamennaya Gorka metro station in Minsk, Belarus, on April 12. Police in Belarus carried out spot checks on roads and at stations and airports on Tuesday after a bomb blast tore through a crowded metro station in the capital Minsk on Monday evening, that killed 12 people and wounded more than 150.

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Belarussian authorities said Tuesday that they were hunting two suspects in yesterday's subway bombing that killed 12 people and wounded more than 150.

No one has claimed responsibility for Belarus's first major post-Soviet terrorist attack, and security experts say they are frankly baffled by it. Belarus, an industrial nation of 10 million wedged between Russia and Poland, has no significant ethnic or religious divides, nor any history of violent political opposition to the 17-year-old regime of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Analysts pointed out Tuesday that, in any case, virtually all of Mr. Lukashenko's known opponents have been either in prison or under round-the-clock surveillance by the KGB security service since a major crackdown began in December against protesters alleging that Lukashenko's huge reelection victory was rigged.

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