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article imageExplosions hit Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine — at least 29 wounded

By Anne Sewell     Apr 27, 2012 in World
Dnepropetrovsk - In the run up to the Euro 2012 football championship in Ukraine during June this year, four confirmed explosions have occurred in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk.
The explosions occurred in a series of locations in Dnepropetrovsk in Eastern Ukraine and up to 29 people have been injured. A terrorist investigation into the incident has been instigated by local authorities.
Local authorities have reported that the first explosion occurred as a crowded tram arrived at a stop. The bomb was apparently planted in a nearby rubbish bin and the explosion injured five passengers.
RT reports that a city web forum user, Master_Tyre wrote: “The explosion was at a tram stop. The shockwaves smashed the tram’s windows, and the doors buckled on two cars passing by. In one car, the airbags popped out. Police were there in a minute, fire fighters arrived in about five minutes.”
The second explosion happened 40 minutes later near the city's railway station and injured seven people, while a third went off in a park injuring one woman.
The fourth blast went off near the opera house, which is close to the location of the first explosion, but the number of injured has not yet been reported.
Police have reported that some of the explosions were caused by "incendiary devices" which had been placed in rubbish bins, and they are now removing and checking bins throughout the city.
A full evacuation of the Dnepropetrovsk train station has been started by authorities, which caused a stampede of people towards the exits.
According to local media, sniffer dogs and bomb squad members have arrived at the scene. They had apparently received an anonymous bomb threat warning of an explosion at the station.
Authorities have cancelled train services until further notice.
A local Ukrainian web site, has reported widespread panic throughout the city, as people fear that more explosions might occur.
In the city center people are leaving their offices in an attempt to get home and traffic has apparently ground to a halt. Police in the city have warned residents to stay indoors.
Due to the large number of telephone calls from people fearing for family and friends, the telephone networks in the city are down. However, apparently some news agencies have theorized that the networks may have been closed to stop possible further terrorist activity.
Some local media outlets have reported up to ten explosions around the city, but so far only four are confirmed.
The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yankovich, has stated that a group of specialists has been formed to investigate the explosions.
Update: With regard to the Euro 2012 football championship, in which matches will be held in Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv, authorities have already vowed to guarantee security for the event. UEFA has said it will not cancel the upcoming championship nor change the location of the event.
According to an official statement by the UEFA: “This event does not change UEFA's confidence in the security measures that have been developed by the authorities in view of UEFA EURO 2012, and which will ensure a smooth and festive tournament.”
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