Ukraine authorities foil bomb plot


KIEV – Ukraine’s state security service said yesterday it had foiled a bomb attack in the capital Kiev after detaining three people it said were involved in the plot.

The SBU said the attack had been planned for August 24th, the former Soviet republic’s independence day.

The announcement was likely to add to political tension, already high because of the trial of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko whose supporters plan to hold a demonstration in Kiev that day.

The SBU said in a statement it had prevented a “terrorist act” after its operatives found a homemade explosive device stuffed with nails when they raided premises rented by the suspects.

It had found 100 “extremist” leaflets but it gave no details on the suspects’ nationality or their affiliation. – (Reuters)