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Thursday, 2 April, 1998, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Latvian police chief sacked over Riga synagogue bombing

The head of Latvia's criminal police has been sacked following last night's bomb attack against the Riga synagogue -- the second in three years.

The Latvian interior minister Ziedonis Cevers said he was also dismissing the ministry's state secretary over the explosion, which caused some material damage but no injuries.

The minister said police had failed to carry out his orders to provide round-the-clock video surveillance of the ara around the synagogue, in Riga's historical city centre.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

The Latvian prime minister, Guntars Krasts, condemned the attack saying it was aimed at upsetting stability in Latvia.

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