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Explosion in Ukraine court as defendant ‘blows himself up’ while injuring two

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    An explosion has been reported in a courthouse in the capital of Ukraine with reports claiming one person has died.

    Police are understood to be investigating a suspected blast in Kyiv which Pravda reports saw a court defendant blew himself up, injuring two law enforcement officers.

    The blast was reported to have taken place in the Shevchenkivskyi Court, the National Police said in a statement on Telegram.

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    Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko wrote on Telegram: "The offender died at the scene. According to preliminary information, he blew himself up.

    "During the storming of the premises, two KORD fighters were injured. Their lives were saved by the shields used by the special forces."

    The Daily Beast reports that ambulances were also reported at the scene along with bomb disposal experts.

    According to the outlet, the local military administration said the explosion occurred in the toilet of the court.

    There have also been reports of hostages being taken but this is unconfirmed while emergency services continue working at the scene.

    There has also been no word on injuries at the time of writing.

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    In a statement, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said: “Explosion in the courthouse in Kyiv: law enforcement officers are working at the scene.

    “The police received information that an explosion took place in the courthouse in Shevchenkivskyi district.

    “Currently, an investigative and operative group, special forces, explosives technicians and dog experts are working at the site.”

    Mr Klymenko said an “unidentified explosive device,” had been detonated by a defendant at the courthouse, although authorities are yet to confirm this

    According to the Daily Beast, reports in local media unconfirmed by authorities have claimed that the hearing taking place was that of a defendant charged with a grenade attack outside the country's parliament in 2015.

    Footage has circulated online alleging to show the scene, including footage from inside a building where a rumbling sound can be heard and clips of emergency vehicles on the street.

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