SSU Detains Karimov Who Threatened With Explosion At Universal Bank In Kyiv

Clay Curtis
August 4, 2020

The man, identified as Sukhrob Karimov, a 32-year-old citizen of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, entered a bank office in Kyiv and said he had explosives in his backpack, police said.

On Monday, at around 15:10, the terrorist was captured alive.

Two days later, in the Poltava region, a man suspected of stealing a vehicle captured a high-ranking police officer. Police began negotiations with the terrorist and offered that he surrender.

The suspect and branch manager then remained in the bank as the hostage situation unfolded. Officials initially said after the suspect was detained that police found elements of an explosive device but later clarified that the suspect had been bluffing and no actual explosives were found.

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Authorities initially said the suspect had explosives in his possession - but this was later disputed by the deputy minister.

In the live broadcast to the public, the suspect made no political requests - but said presidents should not exist and that one man should rule the world.

This is the third such incident that has occurred in Ukraine over the past two weeks.

Last month, an armed man was arrested after holding people captive on a bus for hours before freeing them after Zelenskiy agreed to publicise a 2005 animal rights documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix. The hostage was unharmed.

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