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Belarusian Opposition Activist Detained Over Minsk Subway Bombing


Belarusian opposition activist Uladzimir Shulzhytski says he has been questioned by security officials about the recent bomb attack in Belarus.

Belarusian opposition activist Uladzimir Shulzhytski says he has been questioned by security officials about the recent bomb attack in Belarus.

SMARHON, Belarus -- A member of the opposition Belarusian Popular Front Party has been detained and questioned in western Belarus about the April 11 Minsk subway bombing, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Uladzimer Shulzhytski told RFE/RL by phone from the town of Smarhon that security officials asked him what he knew about the bombing and his attitude toward it while questioning him on April 20.

He said they also asked him about several pictures on the Internet in which he is shown holding World War II-era weapons and ammunition.

Shulzhytski told them the pictures were taken while he was playing a role in a movie about World War II.

Shulzhytski's mother told RFE/RL on April 21 that police visited her apartment together with her son very late the previous night and searched the premises.

She said police confiscated his computer and other belongings. Shulzhytski remains in custody.

The Minsk subway bombing killed 13 people and injured more than 150. Several suspects have been arrested, but they have not been publicly identified.

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