Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in car bombing

Posted June 28, 2017

A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence has been killed by a auto bomb in central Kiev, the Defence Ministry says, in an attack it described as a "terrorist act".

Police said the explosion tore through a Mercedes auto several kilometres from the heart of the Ukrainian capital at around 8am (0500 GMT, 1pm Malaysia), killing the driver and leaving charred remains of the vehicle. "The leadership of the Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces sends its profound condolences to the family of the serviceman killed", the ministry said. His vehicle was destroyed and two passers-by were slightly injured.

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The ministry said the incident was regarded as a terror attack and that an investigation had been launched.

No motive has been suggested but analysts say it may be connected to the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

The Defense Ministry later identified the victim as Col. Maxim Shapoval of the Chief Directorate of Ukrainian military intelligence.

At least one passerby was wounded in the incident and he was taken to a hospital, according to police.

In March, former Russian member of parliament-turned-Kremlin-critic Denis Voronenkov was shot dead in central Kiev.

Previous year high-profile independent journalist Pavel Sheremet was also killed in a auto bombing in central Kiev.