An explosion rocked a subway station during the evening rush hour in Belarus, killing at least eleven people. The explosion occurred in Minsk, at a station not far from the office of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, and won another election in December amidst allegations of vote-rigging, and a harsh crackdown of protests by security forces. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. The opposition to Lukashenko has been largely peaceful. In 2008, a bomb exploded in a park in Minsk, though no motive for the bombing was ever determined.