Armenia’s capital orders evictions due to widespread bomb threats after market explosion
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Armenian authorities ordered evacuations in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, after a major bomb threat on Sunday.
The bomb threat came just hours after an explosion rocked a downtown market, killing at least one person. Armenian media says the city has received bomb threats against all the bombing of the city’s metro, major military and civilian installations, shopping malls, the city’s zoo and St. Gregor Losavorich Church.
City police ordered large-scale evacuations following the reported threats.
It is unclear if the explosion in Surmalo market earlier Sunday was related to the threats. The damaged building was used to house fireworks, but officials did not say if that was the cause of the explosion.
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At least one person was killed in the market explosion and 20 others were wounded. Paramedics at the emergency site said many people were trapped under the rubble.
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Bomb threats in Armenia are relatively common, with similar evacuations reported in July and April.