Two people, including a local government official, were killed after a car bomb exploded in the town of Dnipro, in eastern Ukraine.
The deadly explosion occurred at around 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. CET), Ukrainian police said in a statement. declaration.
Authorities confirmed that a man and a woman were in the car and were killed in the explosion.
Images released by police show the charred wreckage of the vehicle along a main road south of Dnipro.
In a statement on Telegram, Ukrainian security services said they had opened an investigation into suspicion of terrorism.
“The SBU is carrying out appropriate investigations to establish all the circumstances of the explosion and the people involved,” the statement said.
According to the authorities, the victims were a spokesperson for the regional government emergency services and a rescue volunteer assisting the Ukrainian army.
Ukrainian police said they were able to confirm the identity of the victims from documents found at the scene.
“An investigative task force, explosives technicians and forensic laboratory experts are currently working on the scene,” the Interior Ministry added.
“A home-made explosive device exploded,” a law enforcement official also told AFP on condition of anonymity. No suspect was immediately arrested.
In recent years, several Ukrainian officials have been the target of attacks.
In June 2017, a member of the intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense was killed in a car bomb explosion in Kiev, while an SBU official was also similarly killed in Mariupol three months more early.
Since 2014, Ukraine has been at war with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives.