2009-12-08 15:55:00

Criminal case opened into blast in Vladimir Orthodox church

Vladimir, December 8, Interfax - A criminal case has been opened based on charges of hooliganism and incitement of ethnic, racial or religious hatred following an explosion inside an Orthodox church on the premises of the Vladimir State University on December 6, a source in local law enforcement services told Interfax.

An unknown person broke a window and threw an improvised explosive device, which presumably contained the equivalent of around 50 grams of TNT, inside the church early Sunday morning.

No one was hurt in the incident. The building was slightly damaged. A pamphlet promoting extremist ideas was found inside the church as well.

Police are hunting a middle-aged man of Slavic appearance who, according to eyewitnesses, was spotted near the church at the time of the incident.