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Russia: Man Killed By Booby-Trapped Sign In Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad, Russia; 10 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A man was reported killed today after a booby-trapped sign exploded as he was trying to remove it from a park in the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad. Reports say the man noticed the sign in the city of Baltiisk and tried to take it down, triggering the explosion. Another person, a woman passerby, was wounded in the blast. The sign was apparently bearing a slogan referring to a local resident.

Similar incidents involving booby-trapped signs with anti-Semitic slogans have occurred in recent days in Moscow, Vladivostok, and Tomsk.

In related news, an unidentified explosive device went off today in a store of the southern Siberian town of Makushino, slightly injuring two people. Police say they have arrested a suspect.