A mysterious object exploded in Ukraine on the country’s Independence Day, injuring two people, according to a statement by police.
“At 14:06 [11:06 GMT] the duty unit received a report of an explosion of an unknown item on Hrushevskyi Street. A man and a woman were injured due to the explosion,” the statement read.
“A man and a woman received bodily injuries,” police said. Investigators and explosion experts were at the scene on Grushevskogo Street.
Local broadcaster 112.ua aired images of a woman lying on the ground. A Ukrainian internet TV outlet shared video from the scene on social media.
У Києві на вулиці Грушевського пролунав вибух — поліція очіплює урядовий квартал pic.twitter.com/1rot2BEPMq
— Hromadske.UA (@HromadskeUA) August 24, 2017
Likely the work of hooligans: police
The two wounded people were taken away and officials cordoned off the area, a correspondent for AFP news agency said.
A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Service told AFP that “so far our first version of the blast is hooliganism.”
Witnesses told broadcaster 112 that the explosive device looked like it was thrown from a passing car.
The head of the National Police, Sergei Knyazev, was on the scene.