The explosion of a bomb on a minibus killed seven people in Tiraspol on July 6. Among the dead was a Russian Army nurse. Two other members of the 1,500-strong Russian peacekeeping force in the region were among the 26 injured. Twenty of the casualties were reportedly in a serious or critical condition. Transdniester's so-called interior minister Oleg Belyakov said that "given the worsening of relations with Chisinau, the most likely explanation of the incident was that the explosion was organized by Moldova's special services.” The Moldovan Interior Ministry press office said "Moldovan law enforcement bodies have nothing to do with the blast.” Moldovan offers of assistance were rejected.