Minsk is the capital city of Belarus, which used to be part of Soviet Russia but is an independent country now. On Monday, April 11, 2011, an explosion at the Oktyabrskaya metro station in downtown Minsk killed at least 11 people and injured another 126 (according to the latest reports, but this number could still change).
According to the eye witnesses, an explosion erupted on the metro station’s elevator as crowds were making their way home during evening rush hour. The Oktyabrskaya metro station is not far from the official residence of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
It is too early to stipulate the cause of the explosion, official death toll as well as who was behind it. Belarus authorities are not ruling out the possibility that this may have been a terrorist attack.
Belarusian Interior Minister Anatoly Kuleshov said that based on an early analysis of the crater, an equivalent of 5 to 7 kg of TNT was used in the bombing.
The video below was recorded inside the Oktyabrskaya metro station after the blast:
This video contains images of the immediate aftermath of the Minsk bombing whereas victims are attended to by the medical staff. The desperation on the face of the crying man is heart wrenching:
Video from the blast site after the explosion: