Bomb injures MP, kills his bodyguard

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October 27, 2017
In this photo released by Radical party Press Servise, a medic gives first aid to lawmaker Igor Mosiychuk, who was injured in an explosion, in a city hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, early hours Thursday. (Ukrainian Radical Party Press Servise via AP)

MOSCOW (AP):

An explosion in Ukraine's capital has killed two people and wounded five others, including a member of parliament, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The blast happened late Wednesday near the entrance to the Internet television station Espresso, where Ihor Mosiychuk, a lawmaker with the nationalist Radical Party, was making an appearance. The explosion injured five people, including Mosiychuk, and killed his bodyguard and a passer-by.

The bomb was planted under a scooter parked outside the television studio, said Olena Gitlyanska, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Service.

Gitlyanska said that investigators were looking into all possible theories. Ukrainian authorities rushed to call the latest bombing an act of terrorism.

In a message on Facebook from the hospital where he is being treated, Mosiychuk said that he suspects Russia was behind the bombing.

Mosiychuk was a commander of the Azov Battalion, a volunteer regiment that fought Russia-backed separatists in southeastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for police to solve the "bloody and cruel crime" as soon as possible.

The blast is the latest in a series of targeted bombings in Kiev this year. In June, a bomb planted under a car killed a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer.