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Bomb threats continue to plague Lithuania

Various Lithuanian institutions, businesses and organizations in the early hours of Wednesday received Russian-language emails threatening to blow them up, without specifying the exact time.

The e-mails were sent to approximately 2,000 addresses and came from five different e-mail addresses at around 2-3 a.m., the Police Department said.

Ramunas Matonis, the department’s spokesman, told BNS that institutions had contacted the police about 900 times in response to the emails, but no suspicious items had been found so far.

“The threat level remains unchanged, and we urge everyone to follow the common recommendations of the police and the National Crisis Management Center. Responsible services are operating at full capacity,” the police statement said.

Recipients of the threatening e-mails are asked to follow the guidelines updated on Tuesday and consult the police at phone number +370 700 60 000, while continuing their activities.

Institutions and organizations are advised to review their evacuation plans and test how they work in practice.

Thousands of hoax bomb threats have been emailed to schools, kindergartens and municipal buildings across Lithuania since last Friday. Latvia and Estonia have also been flooded with similar emails.

Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said on Tuesday that the continuing barrage of emailed bomb threats was a cyberattack on a regional scale.

Vilmantas Vitkauskas, head of the National Crisis Management Center, confirmed that the attacks were linked to Russia.

Source: BNS

(Reproduction of BNS information in mass media and other websites without written consent of BNS is prohibited.)

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