Man armed with explosives hijacks Ukraine bus taking 20 on board hostage

A man wielding explosives has hijacked a bus in Ukraine, taking around 20 people on board hostage.

The suspect is armed with weapons, and the situation in the northwestern city of Lutsk in ongoing, police said in a statement.

Officers are trying to get in touch with the man.

He called the police after taking control of the bus and introduced himself as Maksim Plokhoy, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said on Facebook. https://d-29562910821853158041.ampproject.net/2007040248002/frame.html

Mr Gerashchenko said there is a book online, signed by Maksim Plokhoy and titled “Philosophy of a criminal”, describing a man’s experience in prison.

“For 15 years they’ve been correcting me, but I haven’t been corrected, on the contrary — I’ve become even more who I am,” one extract from the book said, according to Mr Gerashchenko.

Interior minister Arsen Avakov is flying to Lutsk.

Police have blocked off the centre of the city which is around 250 miles west of Kyiv.

Footage from the scene in shows armed police and a bus in the middle of a road with smashed windows. https://d-29562910821853158041.ampproject.net/2007040248002/frame.html

Ukrainian media reported that gunshots could be heard at the scene. It was not clear whether anyone has been injured.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was personally monitoring the situation.

“Gunshots have been heard, the bus is damaged,” he said in a statement, adding that measures are being taken to resolve the situation without casualties.

(c) Evening Standard

5 comments

  1. “For 15 years they’ve been correcting me, but I haven’t been corrected, on the contrary — I’ve become even more who I am,” one extract from the book said, according to Mr Gerashchenko.

    I’m sure a police sniper could cure his problems.

    • Gerashchenko later said the man was identified as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh from Russia’s Orenburg region.

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