`Terror strike` wounds 40 in Moldovan capital
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 20:48
Chisnau: Over 40 people were wounded in an explosion described as a "terrorist" attack in the heart of the Moldovan capital Chisinau as thousands attended a late night outdoor concert, officials said today.

"There is no doubt that this was a terrorist act whose aim was to frighten the population," Moldovan Interior Minister Viktor Katan told reporters after the explosion late on Wednesday.

He said the investigation had shown the blast was caused by a grenade of the kind used by the military but did not give further details of the aims of those who had carried out the attack.

A criminal investigation has been opened for terrorism, Valery Zubko, the general prosecutor of Moldova told reporters.

The explosion took place late Wednesday evening as Chisinau's central square was filled with mainly young people attending a concert to mark city day that included acts from Moldova, Romania and Russia.

Amplifying the sense of tension in the capital, a man claiming to carry a grenade threatened to blow himself up outside the prosecutors office just before the latest briefing on the explosion was due to take place there.

An AFP correspondent on the scene said the man was dressed in black and was carrying a black bag which he claimed carried a grenade. A large crowd of journalists stood at the scene waiting for the briefing.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 20:48

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