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Investigators probe into murder at shopping mall in Minsk - committee

October 08, 2016, 22:37 UTC+3 MINSK

One young woman was killed and one more was wounded and taken to hospital after attack of two unidentified men armed with a petrol chainsaw and axe

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MINSK, October 8. /TASS/. Belarusian Investigative Committee has launched criminal inquiries into the murder of a young woman in the Evropa (Europe) shopping mall in the capital of Minsk on Saturday, the committee’s official spokeswoman told reporters.

"A criminal inquiry has been opened under the article ‘aggravated murder’," Yulia Goncharova said.

At about 5 pm local time (2 pm GMT) a young man entered the shopping mall with a guitar case where a petrol chainsaw was concealed. Taking it out, the 18-year-old wounded a young woman. Besides, the investigators said he used an axe for the attack.

The latest reports say that one young woman was killed and one more was wounded and taken to hospital. The attacker was detained. Police are working on the crime scene.

Earlier eyewitnesses claimed that two unidentified men attacked visitors of Evropa shopping mall in Minsk with a petrol chainsaw and axe.

"Two men armed with a petrol saw and axe attacked the customers, killing a young woman and injuring one more," the social networking sites write.

The Belarusian investigation committee reported about one attacker and a few wounded people.

Spokesman for the Minsk city executive committee Aleksander Lastovsky confirmed the fact, saying two suspects had been detained. Their motives remain unknown, the city police said.

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