VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Police in Volgograd say a bomb has exploded in the southern Russian city and a second explosive device was destroyed before it could go off, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Officials said the bomb exploded near the building of the city transport and traffic inspection (GIBDD). City residents informed police that a strange man left a package near the building at 5:30 a.m on April 26.
No casualties were reported and the building was not damaged in the blast, although the explosion left a crater that was one-meter deep and 1.5-meters wide.
A suspicious package was reported later at the Police Academy. Nataliya Kunitskaya of the regional Investigation Committee told journalists that it turned out to be a homemade bomb and that it was destroyed in a controlled explosion by a bomb disposal squad. There were no casualties.
Several other phone calls reporting possible bombs in various parts of the city turned out to be false, Kunitskaya added.Read more in Russian here