State Security Minister for Moldova's separatist Transdniester province said on August 15 that a fatal bomb blast in Tiraspol was a terrorist act. Antyufeyev added that the August 13 blast on a trolleybus that killed two people, "was designed to destabilize the region by sowing panic and discontent with law enforcement agencies". Transdniester's security services initially said the blast was linked to the criminal underworld. The explosion was the second in Moldova this summer. On July 6, a bomb blast on a bus in Tiraspol killed eight people.