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Belarus leader says blast aimed at undermining stability

MINSK - Belarussian President AlexanderLukashenko said on Monday that a blast at a metro station in thecapital Minsk which he said had killed 11 people was aimed atundermining peace and stability in the country.

In televised remarks during a meeting with key ministers, helinked Monday's explosion to a 2008 bomb at a rock concert whichwounded about 50 people.

"These are perhaps links in a single chain. We must find outwho gained by undermining peace and stability in the country,who stands behind this," he said.

Saying those guilty had to be found and punished, he added:"I do not rule out that this (the blast) was a gift fromabroad."

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