Investigators inspect the site of car blast in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, June 27, 2017. A senior Ukrainian intelligence officer was killed on Tuesday in a car blast in the capital city of Kiev, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement. (Xinhua/Chen Junfeng)
KIEV, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A senior Ukrainian intelligence officer was killed on Tuesday in a car blast in the capital city of Kiev, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Maksym Shapoval, a colonel at the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry, died on the spot, when his car blew up on the road in a residential district, the statement said.
According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, the incident, which occurred at about 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT), also left two passers-by slightly injured by shrapnel.
The Ukrainian government is investigating the incident as a terror act. Ukrainian media, citing their sources, said Shapoval was involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
In March this year, another intelligence officer, Olexandr Kharaberyush, who was a colonel of the Security Service of Ukraine, was killed in a car explosion in the country's eastern Donetsk region.