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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parcel Bomb Sent to Bank of Moscow Office

A small mail bomb exploded near a Bank of Moscow office in central Moscow on Tuesday, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

City prosecutors said the blast was being investigated as a terrorist act, and that they had information that a series of similar blasts were being planned, Ekho Moskvy reported.

The City Hall-controlled bank was also targeted last month, when a small bomb exploded near another office in central Moscow. The blast did not cause any injuries.

The latest bomb, which had been sent to the bank's offices at 15 Ulitsa Kuznetsky Most, exploded near the offices, city police spokeswoman Natalya Goncharova said.

Police officials said later that an anonymous telephone call had warned bank workers about the bomb. The bank's security guards removed the parcel and placed it in the yard, where it exploded.

Itar-Tass said the device consisted of about 50 grams of explosives.

No other details were immediately available.

Explosions and contract killings have been frequently used by the Russian underworld battling for control over profitable businesses and settling scores.

(AP, MT)