Regional legislative deputy in Russia, Oksana Bobrovskaya, 30, died alongside her former military special services husband Nikita as a result of an explosion in their family Toyota RAV-4.
The couple had a four year daughter who was not in the car.
Witnesses said the mangled bodies were in the backseat of their car after the 10.50 pm explosion on Thursday, and that both were partially undressed when they were removed from the vehicle.
It was suggested that the couple may have been making out in their parked car close to her workplace when the explosion occurred, but police were discounting this theory.
A law enforcement source said that judging by the severity of their injuries, Nikita himself may have unleashed the explosive, allegedly a grenade.
Other accounts suggested the explosives could have been planted inside or under the vehicle.
The car was parked close to Diskus Plus company office, one of Novosibirsk city’s largest construction firms where Oksana also worked as a deputy general director when the couple were killed.
A source told one newspaper:
- ‘There is a version that he held in his hands a kind of grenade, or a piece of TNT,’ . The couple ‘had a conflict’ during which ‘the explosives detonated, their faces are disfigured’, it was claimed before police had a chance to make a forensic analysis of the vehicle or interview the couple’s friends and colleagues.
Neighbours who rushed to the scene said that when the bodies were removed, both the deputy and her husband were naked below the waist.