Russian visas or bombs: anonymous letter threatens Lithuanian airports  

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Travelers at three Lithuanian airports were temporarily evacuated after an anonymous email warned that an explosive had been planted at one of the sites.

The letter demanded that the country resume issuing visas to Russian applicants, according to Lithuanian media.

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from Vilnius (VNO), Kaunas (KUN), and Palanga (PLQ), after the state-owned enterprise Lithuanian Airports received the bomb threat early hours of January 23, 2023.

According to Lithuanian National Television and Radio (LRT) report, Police department spokeswoman Revita Janaviciute confirmed to Baltic News Service that the threat had been sent via email.

“[Lithuanian Airports, ed.-] received an anonymous letter that explosives had been planted at the airport. An interesting detail is that the sender was demanding to relaunch visas to Russians,” Emergency Response Centre spokesperson Vilma Juozeviciute confirmed to LRT.

However, the sender did not specify at which airport the explosive was potentially hidden.

In response, emergency services, including police, fire, and rescue teams, were sent to check all airports.

Fortunately, however, the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.

The identity of the person who issued the threat is yet to be established.

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