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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TV Crew Detained for Planting Fake Bomb

Guards at a railway in the Sverdlovsk region detained a television crew Wednesday after the journalists planted a fake bomb on the tracks while filming an episode on terrorism for a news program.

The three-person crew planted several pieces of soap wired to a pager on the tracks at the bridge over the Iset River in central Russia. A passerby spotted this and alerted the guards, Interfax reported.

The guards contacted the Sverdlovsk Railways traffic controllers to stop one cargo and two passenger trains before deploying the guards to the bridge to detain what they thought was a terrorist group.

The crew was released after producing their press identification cards, but Sverdlovsk Railways plans to sue the trio for at least 50,000 rubles (about $1,950) in damages due to the delay of the three trains, Interfax reported.

"The [railway] management is outraged by this incident and considers it to be of the same caliber as making false bomb threats," the agency said, quoting a statement by the Sverdlovsk Railways.

Railway guards across the country have been jittery since a passenger train was bombed en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg on August 13.

Dozens were injured in the attack, which security services suspect was carried out either by nationalists or Northern Caucasus militants.