Ukrainian Village Councillor Triggers Terror Probe After Grenade Attack
The Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) has initiated a terror investigation following a shocking incident where a village councillor set off hand grenades during a meeting, leaving 26 people wounded, according to national police reports on Friday.
The attack unfolded on Friday morning at the village council headquarters in Keretsky, located in Ukraine’s western Zakarpattia region. A video released by the police on Telegram depicted a man dressed in black entering a council meeting amid a heated discussion.
In the footage, the individual pulled three hand grenades from his pockets, removed the safety pins, and dropped them on the floor, resulting in explosions that caused panic and screams among the meeting attendees.
The police statement indicated that 26 people were wounded, with six in critical condition. Medical personnel worked to revive the individual who initiated the attack. National police have launched an investigation into the illegal handling of weapons, and a live video of the initial meeting was shared on social media.
The incident shed light on the accessibility of weaponry among Ukrainian conscripts, a situation influenced by the ongoing conflict with Russia. The police presented footage showing a man entering the meeting over 1.5 hours into the debate, standing by the door before deploying the grenades.
Chaos ensued within the small room, which quickly filled with smoke, leaving injured individuals on the floor. Authorities have not disclosed the identity of the man responsible for the attack.
— Alaturka News (@alaturkanews) December 15, 2023