'Bomb disposal man' quizzed on wife's car blast
Published 07/03/2010 | 05:00
The unborn child of a pregnant woman who was seriously injured in a car explosion was unharmed by the blast, doctors believe.
The development emerged as detectives questioned Victoria Fabian's 32-year-old husband Nicholas Fabian on suspicion of her attempted murder, sources said.
Mrs Fabian, also 32, suffered serious leg injuries in Vigo, near Meopham, Kent, England, just after 1pm on Friday.
Villagers described hearing a massive explosion before smoke could be seen rising above the car park.
Mrs Fabian remained in hospital in Dartford after undergoing surgery, but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
According to unconfirmed reports, Mr Fabian is a bomb disposal expert who was expected to be posted to Afghanistan after recently rejoining the army.
The British ministry of defence refused to comment yesterday.
Police said Mrs Fabian was the sole occupant of the Mazda 323 when the blast struck and that people in other cars at the time were unhurt.
One witness said her legs had been "shredded" by the explosion. Resident Vincent Redman, 17, said: "I went out with my mum and her partner and she was in the driver's seat screaming. Her legs were shredded -- one was badly burnt and the other was all bloodied."
Surrounding roads were sealed off and nearby homes evacuated before army bomb disposal experts declared the wrecked car safe.
A police spokesman said yesterday: "A number of homes were evacuated and residents were cared for at a temporary rest centre set up in the village hall.
"The cordon was reduced last night. All but eight houses can be accessed. The middle section of Highview in Vigo remains sealed off, together with adjoining alleyways.
"Specialist officers are currently carrying out a detailed search and forensic examination of the scene."