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Hoax bomb threats ‘sent from abroad’

April 1, 2019 at 1:54pm
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Police investigators have determined that yesterday’s hoax email warning of suspicious items at two shopping malls and an airplane at Larnaca had been sent from abroad.

Limasssol’s My Mall, King’s Avenue Mall and an airplane set for departure were all evacuated on Sunday afternoon on receipt of the email, as police officers and sniffer dogs carried out extensive searches before giving the all clear.

Citing informed sources philenews said on Monday that police’s cyber crime unit had established the hoax email was sent from abroad with a Russian citizen appearing as the sender. The email also said another Russian was involved.

Both men, a lawyer and a businessman, are in Limassol — one is a permanent resident and the other visits frequently.

They were tracked down by authorities and questioned, while their premises and computers were searched.

Nothing suspicious turned up and it appears the email account had been hacked, philenews added.

Police investigations continue.

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Update 3: All clear at Paphos, Limassol malls and Larnaca airport after no suspicious items found