Bus blast kills one in Armenian capital: govt

An explosion on a bus killed one passenger and wounded six in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday evening, the ex-Soviet nation’s emergencies ministry said.

“One passenger died on Monday evening in a bus explosion in (Yerevan’s) Halabyan street” some six kilometres from the city centre, ministry spokesman Nikolai Grigorian told AFP.

“Six passengers were wounded,” he added.

Earlier, he told AFP that three people were killed in the blast.

The cause of the blast was unclear.

“Police have launched an investigation, but at this point it is premature to speak of the explosion’s possible causes,” Grigorian said.

An AFP correspondent at the scene reported that the bus was gutted by the blast, which blew out the windows of nearby houses.

The explosion occurred a day after Armenia held ceremonies marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I-era Armenian genocide.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51