Hoax bomb scare hits Russia`s nuke assembling centre
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Last Updated: Friday, October 08, 2010, 21:11
Moscow: A hoax bomb scare on Friday hit Russia's top secret centre for assembling nuclear explosives in the Ural town of Lesnoy.

A wired device with a timer mechanism found on a windowsill by the guard in a medical centre in the closed town of Lesnoy - turned out to be a sham, ITAR-TASS reported.

The bogus device was destroyed with due precaution by a robot-mounted water canon.

Inside the wired package, two anonymous letters were found, signed by "not indifferent citizens of Lesnoy" addressed to the Russian authorities concerning "problems" the citizens are having with the local authorities.

"If help does not come, Lesnoy citizens will act on their own accord," the letter says.

The simulated bomb was used to attract public and media attention to the letters. Institution of criminal proceedings is underway.

Earlier, sniffer dogs had confirmed the mechanism contained explosives. Furthermore, a note left with the bomb said it was dangerous to come close, not just to the bomb, but to the whole building of the medical facility.

As a result, a school and two nearby apartment blocks were evacuated. Local police cordoned off the area around the mined building and bomb disposal experts were called in.

About 350 FSB security service agents and police were deployed at all the vital installations in the nuclear town.

The town of Lesnoy is a closed administrative territorial entity. The backbone enterprise in this one-company town is Elektrokhimpribor, a diversified enterprise producing defence production, including utilisation and assembly of nuclear munitions.


First Published: Friday, October 08, 2010, 21:11

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