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Ukrainian group demands $5.6 mln in explosion threat (Update 1)

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Unidentified individuals have said they will detonate bombs in an eastern Ukrainian town unless they get paid $5.6 million, a police source said on Thursday.

Unidentified individuals have said they will detonate bombs in an eastern Ukrainian town unless they get paid $5.6 million, a police source said on Thursday.

Two blasts went off near a shopping mall and a mining company in Makeyevka earlier on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

"A note with a demand of a large amount of money and threats of exploding at least five sites at 5:00 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.

Two hundred bomb specialists have been sent to Makeyevka to prevent further explosions, Farynnyk said.

 

KIEV, January 20 (RIA Novosti)

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