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Car bomb killing famed reporter in Kiev had 600 grams of TNT

July 20, 13:14 UTC+3 KIEV
Based on preliminary information, it was a homemade explosive device that went off and may have been detonated remotely or with delay
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KIEV, July 20. /TASS/. The explosive device that killed famed journalist Pavel Sheremet, as he was sitting in a car, contained the equivalent of 400-600 grams of TNT, an advisor to Ukrainian Interior Minister Zoryan Shkiryak said Wednesday.

"Based on preliminary information, it was a homemade explosive device that went off and may have been detonated remotely or with delay. It contained an equivalent of 400-600 grams of TNT," Shkiryak wrote on his Facebook page.

He added that an investigation has been launched and bomb technicians and explosive experts are working on the case. "All possible theories of this vicious crime are being looked into," he noted.

It was earlier reported that Pavel Sheremet, a renowned journalist, had been killed in downtown Kiev. The automobile that Sheremet was sitting in belonged to Yelena Pritula, head of Ukrainskaya Pravda newspaper. However, she was not in the car at the time of the blast. The vehicle blew up at the corner of Bogdan Khmelnitsky and Ivan Franko streets. At this time, Kiev police have preliminarily classified this crime as premeditated murder. 

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