2017-09-21 18:25:00

Two Israeli pilgrims injured in Uman blast

Kiev, September 21, Interfax - An unidentified object has exploded in the Ukrainian city of Uman, where Israeli pilgrims went to celebrate the Jewish New Year, slightly injuring two Israeli nationals, a man and a 13-year-old teenager.

The explosion went off at about 6 a.m. on Thursday in garages not far from a place where many Hasid pilgrims had gathered, the Ukrainian National Police's press service said in a statement on Thursday morning. When they arrived at the site of the incident, police established that the garage roof had been damaged in the explosion of the unidentified object.

"A 13-year-old teenager, who is an Israeli national, was injured. The boy suffered bodily damage in the form of a cut on his left hand. Medical aid was extended to the teenager on the spot," the statement said.

Police were alerted, and Ukrainian National Police first deputy chief Vyacheslav Abroskin and deputy chief of the agency Aleksandr Fatsevich went to the site of the incident on the National Police chief's orders, the statement said.

"An investigative team and bomb-disposal experts are working at the incident site. The circumstances of the explosion and individuals implicated in the blast are being established. The question of opening a criminal inquiry is being decided," the statement said.

The explosion inflicted slight injuries on a man, also an Israeli national, along with the teenager, Ukrainian National Police first deputy chief Vyacheslav Abroskin, who arrived at the incident site, said later.

"One cannot put forth a theory now that it is a terrorist attack, one can so far talk about hooliganism. It will be possible to speak in more detail after all of the information is collected and analyzed. About five reinforced investigative teams are working at the incident site. Officers of the Ukrainian National Police Criminal Investigation Department have also come here to organize the work," the Ukrainian National Police press service quoted Abroskin as saying on Thursday afternoon.

Police investigators have opened a criminal inquiry on a charge of hooliganism, Abroskin said.

Ukrainian police are closely collaborating with Israeli law enforcers, he said.

About 500 Ukrainian policemen together with Israeli police are on duty to ensure public security and order in Uman during the Hasid pilgrimage, he said.