Kiev car explosion kills Ukraine's senior military spy

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A suspected car bombing in central Kiev has killed a Ukrainian military intelligence officer in an incident classified as a "terrorist act" by police, according to officials. Colonel Maksim Shapoval, who was identified by the defence ministry in a statement, was driving a Mercedes Benz car on Tuesday morning when the explosion tore apart the vehicle at an intersection in Ukraine's capital.

At least one passerby was wounded in the incident and he was taken to a hospital, according to police. Artem Shevchenko, spokesman for the interior ministry said, "At the present time, the picture gathered of the crime suggests it was a planned terrorist act."

There was no claim of responsibility, while investigators did not immediately say who was to blame. There have also been a string of killings of rebel leaders in the war-torn east of the country that the separatists have blamed on Kiev, but Ukraine's government has pinned them on infighting among the rebels.

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