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Father of murder victim detonates grenades in Ukraine court

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2017-12-01 Terence Cullen, Jessica Schladebeck
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(Provided by Reuters)

The angry father of a murder victim detonated two grenades in a Ukrainian court Thursday, killing himself and one of the suspects on trial.

The blast went off at a courthouse in Nikopol, a town in southern Ukraine, at the end of a hearing for a February 2016 shooting, police said.

All three of the people on trialwere wounded in the blast, with one of the defendants later succumbing to his injuries at the hospital. They're accused of fatally shooting two passengers as they opened fired with an assault rifle. Authorities suspect the fatal incident stems from a territorial struggle in connection with a known drug trafficking area.

© REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko At least nine people were wounded in Thursdays explosion, including two convoy officers, a court officer, a prosecutor and civilians, police said.

All the victims were transported to local hospitals with "shard injuries."

The man behind the blast is believed to be the father of one of the shooting victims at the center of the trial, local reports indicated. He “died on the spot after the explosion,” local police said in the statement.

Zerkalo Nedeli, a Ukrainian news website, reported the man lobbed the handheld explosives after the case was adjourned, the BBC reported.

The Council of Judges of Ukraine confirmed the explosion in a Facebook post Thursday morning.

“There are dead and injured,” it reads. “Investigations are underway.”

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