Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in car bombing

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Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a auto bomb in the country's capital.

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). Two passers-by were slightly injured, police said.

"The deceased was a serviceman in the armed forces", ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko said at a briefing.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko, for his part, said that a current serviceman of the Ukrainian armed forces had been killed in this vehicle blast.

The defence ministry described the blast as a "terrorist act".

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Investigators in Kiev analyse the wreckage of the auto bombing that killed Maksim Shapoval, a high-ranking military intelligence official.

T online newspaper editor-in-chief Yuriy Butusov said that Shapoval headed the special reserve department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Chief Intelligence Directorate.

The blast is the latest deadly incident to rock the capital of the crisis-hit country, which is battling a bloody Russian-backed insurgency in its eastern regions.

Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a vehicle bomb in the country's capital.

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