Authorities: police officer’s personal car explodes in Russia-occupied Nova Kakhovka, officer killed

A commander of the police patrol and checkpoint service in Nova Kakhovka, a city occupied by Russia in Ukraine’s Kherson region, has been killed in a car explosion, the Russian Investigative Committee reported.

Footage from the scene

According to the investigation team, an unidentified person planted an explosive device under the police officer’s car on 17 March. The device was activated when the officer was travelling in the car with his family.

The blast killed the man, his wife and daughter were injured.

The agency opened a criminal case on charges of murder and attempted murder.

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Earlier this week, the car of municipal transport factory head Ivan Tkach was blown up in the occupied city of Melitopol. The man killed, his wife and child were injured.

Previously, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case into an attempted assassination of Vitaly Gura, deputy head of the occupation administration of the Kherson region’s Kakhovsky district.

According to the Investigative Committee, an explosive device went off near a cafe entrance in Nova Kakhovka in the morning of 13 March. Gura was injured and taken to hospital after the explosion. The agency is unable to clarify who planted the bomb as of yet.

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