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Strong explosion hits Belarusian capitalís subway
AP ^ | April 11, 2011

Posted on 04/11/2011 9:06:04 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

MINSK, Belarus — An explosion has ripped through a subway station in the center of the Belarusian capital, severely wounding at least a dozen people and sending clouds of smoke pouring into the street.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene Monday evening saw several inert people being carried out of the station, some with heavy injuries including at least one with missing legs.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: belarus; explosion; minsk

1 posted on 04/11/2011 9:06:12 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: the scotsman

Damned ammonites...


2 posted on 04/11/2011 9:11:29 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 809 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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To: ConservativeStatement
This is very odd.

The Belarus opposition is nonviolent.

The population is close to 100% Belarus/Russian/Ukrainian/Polish.

Immigration and emigration are extremely tightly controlled by the dictatorship.

None of the traditional conditions for urban terrorism obtain there.

3 posted on 04/11/2011 9:13:35 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: null and void

Ammonites? I thought it might be Hittites again.


4 posted on 04/11/2011 9:14:21 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescent excrement)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If this happened in the US, Incompetano would already be on TV declaring that there is no hint of terrorism and that the system worked.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 9:15:00 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: wideawake

“None of the traditional conditions for urban terrorism obtain there.”

They have no Muslims there? I thought the damn Chechnyans were everwhere in the old Soviet Union.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescent excrement)
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To: null and void
But that's just the point: almost no Muslims live in Minsk at all.

There are less 5,000 Tatars left in Belarus and only a few hundred Chechens, Syrians, etc.

And the government of Belarus is a police state - unlike the hand-wringing West, any response would be swift and overwhelming.

7 posted on 04/11/2011 9:24:48 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: ZULU
There are maybe a few hundred Chechens - but according to a colleague from Minsk, mostly old people.
8 posted on 04/11/2011 9:30:11 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: ConservativeStatement
Several witnesses told The Associated Press that the explosion roared out just as passengers were stepping off a train in the Oktyabrskaya station about 6 p.m. (1500 GMT). The station is where Minsk's two subway lines intersect and was crowded with transferring passengers at the end of the work day.
One witness, Alexei Kiklevich, said at least part of the station's ceiling collapsed after the explosion.

Muslims I would say because it occurred at such a busy station during prime commuting time

9 posted on 04/11/2011 9:30:38 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt "works better if you're already smart")
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To: dennisw

Belarus has a growing working relationship with Iran, and students from Belarus are welcome in many anti-west Islamic nations. The Muslim angle doesn’t make much sense here.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 9:56:52 AM PDT by right
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To: ConservativeStatement

Couldn’t be Moslems ... because the MSM would report it
immediately [/s]


11 posted on 04/11/2011 10:04:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history. - Bene Gesserit Coda)
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To: right

True. A very few muslims in Minsk and their government have no tensions with any muzzie party in the World.
But still look too muslim.
Maybe a Reichstag fire? Or an opposition act to make it looks like that? Or maybe Russia destabilizing their dictator this way?
Many questions, few answers.


12 posted on 04/11/2011 10:30:03 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish; wideawake
You overlook the obvious.

Libya: Belarus mercenary 'paid £1,900 a month to help Gaddafi forces'

13 posted on 04/11/2011 3:44:57 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
So your theory is that members of the Libyan resistance somehow infiltrated Minsk and set off a bomb in the subway, but have so far been unable to infiltrate Tripoli?

Honestly?

Here's a less far-fetched concept: the last time there was a bombing in Belarus it was the day after the dictator of Belarus gave a speech saying that American operatives wanted to bomb targets in Belarus. And, magically, it happened less than 24 hours later.

14 posted on 04/11/2011 6:44:33 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

In fact why not. Terrorism and violent crime is so rare there so their law enforcement is quite careless about it. There is no iron curtain too so it is a possible scenario if one muslim terrorist could bring a bomb to blow there.
Not a # 1 theory, sure. Let’s look the result of an investigation. If they’ll point their finger on America or their lib opposition it might be a Reichstag fire.


15 posted on 04/12/2011 7:24:27 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish
There is no iron curtain too

Oh, really?

Try getting into Belarus without a visa.

Then try leaving without permission when you do.

Few borders are more tightly controlled than those of Belarus.

16 posted on 04/12/2011 2:56:05 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Not letting one w/o visa is not an iron curtain. It is a proper border security:)
It won’t help you if terrorist has a tourist or student visa.
Making a bomb inside a country is not a problem.


17 posted on 04/12/2011 5:40:18 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish
According to the Lukashenko government, they now have three native born Belarussians in custody who "have confessed" to the bombings and who Lukashenko implies have ties to the political opposition.
18 posted on 04/13/2011 8:22:03 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

It is possible too, but I smell a Reichstag fire moment there.
On the other hand I still can’t see why Lukashenko needs that.


19 posted on 04/13/2011 9:27:05 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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