KGB says arson at traffic police building is act of terrorism

For the first time in many years, the KGB has opened a case for an “act of terrorism.”

“On the night of October 28 in Mazyr, the building of the Mazyr traffic police was set on fire. These actions are qualified under Part 1 of Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — an act of terrorism. The materials of the criminal case were transferred for further investigation to the department of the State Security Committee in the Homiel region. The KGB, together with other law enforcement agencies, is searching for those involved,” BelTA quotes the head of the KGB investigation department, Kanstantsin Bychak.

Earlier it was reported that on October 28, at about 3.30 in Mazyr, a man approached the administrative building of the Mazyr traffic police from the back side, broke a window on the first floor and threw a bottle of flammable liquid inside the room. There was a fire that was localized within the same office. There were no casualties.

The investigative group allegedly arrived at the scene a minute after the Mazyr police received a message from a local resident, who told about the incident.

As a result of the office fire, the walls, floor, window sill and office equipment were damaged. On the outside of the building, under the broken window, they wrote “Retribution!”

The security forces are now looking for those involved in this incident. According to the Belarusian legislation, the maximum punishment under Part 1 of Art. 289 of the Criminal Code (Act of Terrorism) is 15 years in prison.