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27 injured in 4 blasts in eastern Ukraine city

KIEV, Ukraine >> Opposition lawmakers in Ukraine are suggesting that President Viktor Yanukovych’s government may be behind a series of blasts in an eastern city that injured at least 27 people.

Four blasts within minutes Friday rocked the center of the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk in what prosecutors believed was a terrorist attack. Nine children are among the injured.

But deputy parliament speaker Mykola Tymenko, a member of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s party, says he “does not rule out” that senior government officials were involved in organizing the blasts. Tomenko says the government may be using the attack to deflect the world’s attention from Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko, 51, the country’s top opposition leader, has been on a hunger strike for a week after she was allegedly violently beaten by prison guards.

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