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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Petersburg Bomber Threatens Foreigners

ST. PETERSBURG -- Police defused a bomb planted at a St. Petersburg train station Wednesday, but the bomb was accompanied by a note warning that future bombs would target trains carrying foreigners unless authorities pay $100,000 to a person calling himself "the Mole."

Local police found the bomb -- made from a coffee can and 300 grams of TNT -- on the roof of a kiosk at Baltiisky Station, which serves passengers to and from the Baltic States, following an anonymous phone tip.

Oleg Kiselyov, a spokesman for the city police, said even 200 grams of TNT would be enough to blow a large hole in a thick concrete wall.

"I doubt [the bomb] would have done any damage to the trains if it had blown up," Kiselyov said in a telephone interview Thursday. "But it would have definitely damaged the nearby kiosks and injured dozens of people."

Inside the coffee can, police said they found a note demanding that city officials pay $100,000 and close one of the city's privately owned gas stations. Police would not say which gas station was targeted. The note told police to await further instructions from someone called the Mole.

It also said authorities should signal their intention to cooperate with the Mole by having a bouquet of roses placed at the anchor person's table during one of St. Petersburg's Channel Five newscasts.

Should authorities ignore the demands, the letter's author threatened to seek out and "derail" a train coming to or from St. Petersburg and carrying foreign passengers. The author also pledged to plant future bombs at Baltiisky Station.

Kiselyov said police disposed of the bomb by exploding it. He said no roses had been put on the anchor's desk for any of Channel Five's newscasts, no money would be paid, and no gas station would be shut down.