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  • #21
    Re: Why?
    April 26 2016

    Armenia: Bus Blast Linked to Family Quarrel, Investigators Say

    April 26, 2016 - 1:17pm, by Giorgi Lomsadze

    Investigators of a deadly bus blast in the Armenian capital, Yerevan,
    claim that the April 26 attack could all come down to a family
    quarrel, rather than terrorism. For now, however, details about the
    explosion -- the first such event in recent memory in this city of
    roughly 1 million -- are few.

    An SIM card found in the exploded bus led investigators to an
    apartment, where, local media reported, they found TNT, electric wires
    and detonators. The card is believed to belong to one of two men who
    died when the explosion ripped through the bus late on Monday evening,
    sending its roof flying for a block. The deceased men could not be
    identified visually; a DNA analysis is underway.

    Russian press, citing the National Security Service, have claimed that
    the unidentified, suspected culprit, an ex-con, intended the blast to
    kill his parents, with whom, allegedly, he had argued. How
    investigators reached this information is not clear; nor are the
    whereabouts of the individual’s parents.

    An unidentified “object,” presumably carried by this same passenger,
    is believed to have caused the explosion.

    If the explosion had, as Regnum put it, “an everyday basis,” its
    consequences were anything but usual for those affected.

    Eyewitnesses reportedly rushed to take passengers to the hospital. The
    driver survived unharmed, while seven passengers were treated for
    wounds. "I fainted. When I came to, a guy was lying next to me, all
    torn apart," 14-year-old Anahit Mikaelian told the A1plus news

    Doctors struggled through the night to save two teenage passengers.
    One of them nearly lost his leg. Both remain in perilous condition and
    will need a series of reconstructive surgeries, health officials said.
    A 62-year-old woman left the bus after the explosion by herself, but,
    feeling poorly, went to the hospital the next morning, local media
    report, without elaboration.

    Most other passengers suffered lacerations and contusions. A
    37-year-old pregnant woman survived the blast without significant
    Hayastan or Bust.