As a portal to the conservative weekly hang magyar learned from a Gmail address, the bomb threats were sent to shopping malls in Budapest and several rural towns. The affected buildings had to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon. A mall employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told the newspaper that the email was sent from a fictitious Hungarian name.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Julia Tar.
“There is a bomb in the building. I cannot live in a country that sponsors the terrorist Putin and puts cheap gasoline above human life,” read the email sent to several Hungarian shopping malls.
As we also reported, nationwide bomb threats have brought shopping malls across the country to a standstill and on Tuesday the Budapest Police (BRFK) ordered an investigation. In Budapest, Arena Plaza, MOM Park and Mammut were among those affected by an alert. In Miskolc, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Central Hospital, MÁV Railway Registration Office in the pedestrian zone, Miskolc Plaza and Szinvapark shopping center also received bomb threats. According to information from hang magyar, Debrecen was also hit by a threatening message. However, when questioned by the newspaper, the ORFK said that the National Police Criminal Investigation Bureau was already investigating an unknown perpetrator, but “in view of the interest of the investigation, the police will not provide any further information. on the procedure”.
It is therefore not yet known whether it is one or more perpetrators, whether bombs were found in one of the shopping centers threatened, or whether the threats were unfounded. hang magyar has also contacted the press service of the MÁV railway company but has not yet received a response.
Similar bomb threats took place in Budapest, Szeged, Pécs, Debrecen and Győr a few weeks ago.
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