Journalist killed by car bomb
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. –