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In the criminal case of the explosion at the Surmalu shopping market in Yerevan, there are no facts that would attest to the existence of terrorism or other intentional crime. The chairman of the Investigative Committee, Argishti Kyaramyan, said this at Thursday’s Cabinet meeting of the government of Armenia—and when answering Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's question as to whether the theories of terrorism or intentional carrying out of such an act were considered.

"Various theories, including the theories mentioned by you, are being considered in the criminal case. [But] the available evidence in the criminal case attest more to the crime occurring in the form of carelessness," responded the Investigative Committee head.

According to PM Pashinyan, it is obvious from the video footage of the aforesaid explosion that the logic of any terrorist act is ruled out.

Also, Pashinyan instructed the head of the State Supervision Service, Romanos Petrosyan, to study how the instruction he gave was carried out.

"The fire and technical safety inspectorate carried out inspections [at the Surmalu market] in the spring of 2021. It recorded [safety] violations within the scope of that instruction. I need an in-depth study," the premier said.

Sixteen people, including a pregnant woman and a small child, were killed in the powerful explosion at the Surmalu shopping market on August 14. One of these casualties, however, has not been identified yet. Those identified are: Misak Margaryan (born in 1964), Anahit Mkhitaryan (born in 1967), Jemma Nazaryan (born in 1960), Anahit Khalatyan, Vardan Kocharyan (born in 1960), and Gayane Avetisyan (born in 1965), Aram Hayrapetyan (born in 1980), Vachagan Yeghoyan (born in 2000), Erna Grigoryan (born in 1980), Harutyun Garakyan (born in 1987), Mariam Khachatryan (born in 1992), Sirarpi Khachatryan (born in 1994), Marat Shahbazyan (born in 2018 ), Hrachya Sargsyan (born in 1976), and Artavazd Hayrapetyan (born in 1951).

In addition, 62 people were administered to hospitals, four of them continue to receive treatment there.

Criminal proceedings have been launched into the aforesaid explosion—and under the Criminal Code articles on "Violation of fire safety rules or requirements, which has negligently caused the death of a person or other serious consequences," and "Violation of rules or requirements for the storage, accounting, transportation, delivery or use of flammable or combustible materials, which has negligently caused the death of a person or other serious consequences."

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