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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Made Threat to Bomb FSB

Security officers on Thursday detained an unidentified man who said he was armed with explosives and threatened to blow up his truck in front of the Federal Security Service headquarters on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, the city's police press service said.

The officers seized an automatic rifle the man was carrying, he got out of the truck and was taken into custody after being thrown to the ground, frisked and handcuffed, according to footage shown on NTV and TVS television.

Authorities searched the truck and found no explosives inside -- only cement, the Interior Ministry press service said.

The man had been stopped by traffic police near the FSB building. He told the police officers that his vehicle was filled with explosives and that his body was rigged with bombs, and he demanded talks with high government officials, Interfax and Itar-Tass said. NTV reported the man took hostage a traffic police officer when the officer asked for the man's identity documents.

Police and security forces rushed to the FSB building and surrounded the man, the news agencies said. Negotiations continued for about 1 1/2 hours outside the building, they reported, citing witnesses.

The man later drove, under police escort, to a street near the Renaissance Hotel, where authorities held further negotiations with him, the police press service said. The move appeared to be an attempt by the FSB to get him to a location that was easier to secure.

The man was dressed in a tracksuit, and he was described as being in a highly excited state -- perhaps drunk, according to Ekho Moskvy radio. He was driving a small white truck with license plates from the Ural Mountains region of Udmurtia, news agencies reported.

After the man was taken into custody, explosive experts started to examine his truck.

A traffic police officer who appeared to have been the hostage walked up to the man while he was being held on the ground and kicked him in the head several times before being led away by a security officer.