Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in auto bombing

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Police said an explosive device in the vehicle went off as the auto was moving, kiling the colonel who was driving and wounding a passer-by on Tuesday (27 June).

Dramatic footage shows the moment the blast happened while pictures show the burnt out remains of the vehicle in the aftermath of the explosion.

The blast sent a huge cloud of smoke into the sky and hurt a passer-by.

"The national police, rescuers, as well as explosives and forensic experts are working at the scene", the ministry said in a statement.

Though the Ukrainian authorities have not yet revealed details on who is responsible for the bombing, the defense and interior ministry suggested the attack is linked to the separatist Ukrainian conflict.

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Earlier this month, a man from Russia's Chechnya region posing as a French reporter shot and wounded Adam Osmayev, a Chechen who moved to Ukraine and who fought on Kyiv's side against Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine.

In March former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov turned Kremlin critic was shot dead in central Kiev.

The last major incident in Kiev occurred in July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by the detonation of an explosive device in his vehicle, Reuters indicated.

Fighting in Ukraine's east has killed more than 10,000 people, according to the United Nations.

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