Ukrainian colonel killed by car bomb in Kiev

A colonel in Ukraine’s military intelligence has been killed by a car bomb in central Kiev, the defence ministry said, describing the incident as a “terrorist act”.

Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 8.16am local time while the car was moving, killing the driver and wounding a passerby.

“As a result of [the explosion] a member of the defence ministry’s main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed,” the ministry said in a statement.

The police and the ministry did not give further details or say who could be behind the attack.

Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but car bombs are relatively rare.

In July 2016 a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed in Kiev by an explosive device in his car.

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