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2 injured in blast near govt buildings in Kiev during US Defense Secretary’s visit

A blast hit central Kiev on Thursday, after a military parade ended nearby. At least two people were injured, with police now working at the scene. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is visiting Ukraine as it celebrates Independence Day.

An unknown device exploded at around 2pm local time on Grushevsky street, local police report. The street is Kiev’s central avenue, with the Ukrainian parliament building, the national bank of Ukraine, and other governmental structures located in the area.

A man and a woman were taken to the hospital following the explosion, police say.

Bomb disposal units have been dispatched to the scene. The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security Council and head of national police have also arrived, local media report.

Ukraine marked its independence day with a military parade, which ended shortly before the explosion.

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