Belarus security forces kill man in apartment shootout, agency says


(Reuters) - Belarusian security forces shot dead a man during a raid on an apartment block in Minsk on Tuesday, the KGB security service said.

The man had opened fire against the security forces, one of whom also died, a statement said.

Reuters could not independently verify the statement or footage of the incident that was aired on Belarusian state television.

The official state news agency Belta reported the man was associated with the opposition movement, citing a lawmaker.

Forces loyal to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko have unleashed a violent crackdown on protests following a disputed election last year, including searches of apartment blocks where they believed protesters were hiding.

In power since 1994, Lukashenko has defied opposition calls to step down and described the protesters as criminals bent on violent uprising.

The KGB described the man shot on Tuesday as a "terrorist" - language it has previously used to describe the protesters.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets in Kyiv; editing by Grant McCool)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

Pro-military protests in Sudan as political crisis deepens
Former Iranian central bank chief sentenced to 10 years on corruption charges
Myanmar junta blames 'foreign intervention' for ASEAN summit exclusion
Hindu group urges India to regulate platforms, cryptocurrency
Taliban pledge to step up security as Shi'ite victims buried in Afghanistan
French PM, paying tribute to slain teacher, says France will defend its values
Teenager armed with Lego gun triggers alarm in southern Germany
UK PM Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death
Indian police probe murder at farmers' protest site, detain suspect
Horse race marks Sydney's emergence from long COVID-19 lockdown

Others Also Read


Vouchers