Shunevich offers excuses for metro shutdown in Minsk
12:58, — Society
The evacuation of people from the metro system on February 26 was the right measure.
BelTA news agency has learnt it from Belarusian interior minister Ihar Shunevich.
“The actions of the police and other services, including the metro special services, were professional. They acted in accordance with the existing norms and rules and in accordance with the situation. The decisions taken by the police, including the evacuation of people from the metro, were reasonable and balanced to minimise the possible damage,” the minister said.
Ihar Shunevich admitted society, to a certain degree, became a hostage of such hooligans. “I don't rule out the possibility that such incidents may repeat in the future. No one is guaranteed against such cases. There are no minor things in security. The law-enforcement bodies, I think, must continue to take seriously and react to such messages. No one has the universal tool to protect society from terrorism, extremism and hooliganism. All of us, including ordinary citizens, have to be be vigilant. The law-enforcement bodies must be quick and professional. We make necessary conclusions what concerns the reaction and strengthening the metro security,” he said.
The Minsk metro system was shut down on February 26. The decision was taken to check the information from a Minsk resident, who said she saw a commuter sending a text message saying he planned to explode a bomb. The suspect, a 35-year-old native of Karaganda living in the Minsk region, was detained promptly due to coordinated actions of the security bodies and police.