Looking for a Cause: Police find TNT trace in bus blast investigation; still no evidence of terrorism confirmed

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Armenia’s police say they have found traces of the trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive inside and near the Yerevan bus on which an explosion occurred last night killing two and injuring seven people.

The Investigative Service says a SIM card found on the scene led the investigators conducting the problem into an apartment belonging to a yet unnamed man who was convicted in the past. More TNT stuff, detonators and other devices were found in his apartment during a search.

Photo: Photolure
Photo: Photolure

Despite the revelations, Armenia’s law-enforcement agencies were not yet in a hurry to qualify the criminal case as terrorism. They promised to officially name a preliminary theory later on Tuesday. An Investigative Service spokesperson, however, told a local newspaper, Haykakan Zhamanak, that the suspect apparently planned killings of relatives on “domestic grounds”.

Earlier, the authorities released the names of those who were injured in the blast. Two of the passengers are boys aged 14 and 15. The two received particularly serious injuries and underwent prompt surgeries at a nearby medical center. Among those injured was also a pregnant woman. Doctors said neither she nor her yet unborn child were in danger. The two killed people were not immediately identified.