Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sverdlovsk police launch operation to detain man behind attempted bank bombing

Sverdlovsk Police Press Officer Valery Grelykh recently announced that a special operation is underway to detain the man who attempted to bomb Sberbank's Yekaterinburg office on December 29.

Grelykh said that at approximately 10 a.m. local time, the man in question entered the Sberbank office holding a suspicious box, believed to be an explosive device. The suspect approached a bank clerk and said that he would detonate the explosive device if the clerk refused to give him money. Refusing the man money, the clerk activated an alarm, Itar-Tass reports.

Officials said that the man fled the bank before police responding to the alarm arrived. Grelykh said that along with carrying the suspicious box, the suspect was also likely wearing a shakhid belt under his clothes.

The operation to arrest the would-be bomber is being carried out as a collaboration between Sverdlovsk regional law enforcement and "sappers" - police units with special training in explosives engineering, according to Itar-Tass.