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Bomb scare in Russia's Belgorod prompts evacuation of thousands

A view shows residential buildings damaged by a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the front line town of Bakhmut, in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 21, 2023. REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva

The regional governor stated that more than 3,000 people were evacuated from the Russian city of Belgorod on Saturday while an explosive was neutralized.

According to authorities, a Russian warplane accidentally detonated a bomb in the city two days prior, causing damage to local homes.

The evacuees resided in the same region.

The city is approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Ukrainian frontier.

Military explosive experts resolved to "neutralize" the explosive on the training ground, Belgorod's governor wrote via Telegram.

"The operational headquarters decided to evacuate seventeen apartment complexes within a 200-meter radius." According to preliminary data, there are over 3,000 individuals. Whoever requires assistance with temporary housing will receive it," he said.

According to Belgorod's mayor, Valentin Demidov, the precautionary evacuations ceased later that day.

"The device was removed from the neighborhood. According to Demidov's Telegram message, residents are being returned to their residences.

According to Russian officials, a Russian Sukhoi-34 supersonic warplane accidentally fired a weapon into Belgorod on Thursday, causing an explosion and injuring three persons.

Publish : 2023-04-23 08:40:00

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