Jour­nal­ist killed by car bomb

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CAR bomb in Kiev yes­ter­day killed well-known pro-Western jour­nal­ist Pavel Sheremet, AFP jour­nal­ists and of­fi­cials said.

The 44-year-old, orig­i­nally from Be­larus but a Rus­sian citizen who worked for the in­de­pen­dent news site Ukrain­ska Pravda, died when an ex­plo­sion tore through the car he was in.

“Pavel Sheremet’s death is the re­sult of an ex­plo­sive de­vice. It’s mur­der,” said prose­cu­tor-gen­eral Yuriy Lut­senko on Face­book.

An aide to In­te­rior Min­is­ter Zo­ryan Shkiryak said the ex­plo­sive de­vice was be­lieved to be the equiv­a­lent of 400 to 600 grams of TNT.

A taxi driver who gave his name only as Petro said Mr Sheremet “was driv­ing along Ivana Franka street and stopped at the turn and then an ex­plo­sion went off”.

The taxi driver said he helped drag Mr Sheremet out of the car and he was still alive when the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

Ukrain­ska Pravda founder Ge­orgiy Gon­gadze was mur­dered in 2000. –

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