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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Guard Foils Bombing of Finn's Firm

An official of the'city police department said Monday that an investigation into a foiled bomb attack last week on a Finnish warehouse in Moscow has been referred to the Security Ministry because the case "may have been motivated by anti-foreigner sentiments".

Police said the incident occurred last Thursday night at the warehouse of the Finnish company Salonen, located at 47 Ulitsa Novokhokhlovskaya in southern Moscow.

The attack was thwarted when a night watchman discovered the suspicious "package" and informed police who later defused the bomb.

Alexander Afonyashin, chief of the investigative unit of the Moscow police department, called the bombing attempt "very serious" because of the large quantity of TNT involved -- 400 grams. He noted this was enough explosive to damage a large bridge.

Afonyashin also said that the bomb was set to go off during working hours when it would have caused injuries. An official at the Security Ministry refused to comment on the case but said that attacks against foreigners were "rare" in Russia. Officials of Salonen, contacted by telephone Monday, confirmed the incident but refused to give information about the number of employees at the warehouse or to say whether they feared further attacks.