MINSK, October 28. / TASS /. The investigation qualified as a terrorist act the arson of the traffic police building of the Mozyr District Department of Internal Affairs (Gomel Region), committed last night. This was announced on Wednesday by the head of the investigation department of the State Security Committee of Belarus, Konstantin Bychek.
"On the night of October 28 in Mozyr, the building of the traffic police department of the Mozyr District Department of Internal Affairs was set on fire. These actions are qualified under Part 1 of Article 289 of the Criminal Code – an act of terrorism," said the KGB spokesman, quoted by the BelTA news agency.
The representative of the special service informed that the materials of this criminal case were transferred for further investigation to the management of the State Security Committee in the Gomel region. "The KGB, together with other law enforcement agencies, is searching for those involved," Bychek said.
According to the investigation, at night at about 3:30 (coinciding with Moscow time) an unknown man approached the administrative building of the traffic police of the Mozyr District Department of Internal Affairs from the back side, broke the glass of a window on the first floor and threw a bottle with flammable liquid inside the room. There was a fire that was localized within one service room. There are no casualties. As a result of the fire in the office where the voluntary people's squad is located, the walls, floor, window sill and office equipment were damaged. On the outside of the building on the wall under the broken window they wrote "Retribution!"
The sanction of the article of the Criminal Code "Act of terrorism" provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment up to 15 years.