Bomb scare sparks building evacuation in east Ukraine


A municipal administration building in an eastern Ukrainian town was evacuated on Thursday following threats of an explosion.

The building in the Donetsk region town of Makeyevka was cordoned off by police.

Unidentified individuals threatened a series of bomb blasts unless they received $5.6 million by 5 p.m. local time [15:00 GMT].

Two blasts went off near a market and regional state coal mining company earlier on Thursday. There were no injuries.

“A note with a demand for a large amount of money and threatening explosions at five sites at 5 p.m. local time [15:00 GMT] was found pinned on a wall of a building near the scene of one of the blasts,” Deputy Interior Minister Vasyl Farynnyk told reporters earlier on Thursday.

It is not clear whether the note is linked to the earlier blasts.

Makeyevka Mayor Oleksandr Maltsev dismissed rumors of a third blast at a supermarket that had spread through the town.

Ria Novosti

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