Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Victim's father kills self, defendant with grenades at trial

Victim's father kills self, defendant with grenades at trial

The grieving father of a murder victim detonated two grenades in a courtroom killing himself and one defendant during his son's trial.

In November, police in Kiev announced that they arrested two men hiding 6.5 kg of explosives in their auto.

The blast occurred at a hearing on Thursday morning in the city of Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region, which neighbours the Donetsk region where a conflict with pro-Russian separatists has claimed more than 10,000 lives since 2014.

Authorities confirmed the father died in the explosion, while seven other people - three defendants, two police officers, a court officer and a civilian - were injured by shrapnel.

Images from the courtroom showed blood on the floors in the cage in which the defendants sat, and scattered glass shards as the grenades caused the courtroom's windows to blow out.

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The courtroom door hangs off one hinge following the dual grenade blasts.

They added that all the victims were taken to hospital.

BBC News reported that police said the trial taking place was of three men accused of killing two people in February 2016.

The man is believed to be the father of one of the murder victims at the centre of the trial.

The man was killed instantly and seven people wounded.

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