‘Terrorist Act’: Explosion Hits US Embassy In Ukraine

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Ukrainian authorities are investigating a possible terrorist act after a device detonated in the U.S. embassy compound Thursday in downtown Kiev.

An unknown attacker threw the device over the fence and onto the embassy lawn. No one was injured and the embassy resumed operations as normal Thursday morning.

Local police consider it a terrorist act, but the embassy downplayed the situation in a statement.

“We can confirm that there was a security incident involving a small incendiary device shortly after 12 a.m. June 8 at the Embassy compound,” the embassy said in a statement. “There was no damage to Embassy property. No personnel were injured. All Embassy operations are continuing as normal. At this time, we do not consider this incident a terrorist act. The Embassy is working closely with our local partners, and the investigation is ongoing.”

London police carried out a controlled explosion by the U.S. embassy Wednesday after being alerted to two unattended vans in the area. Police said the vehicles were not suspicious and the roads opened shortly after.

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