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Man threatens suicide bombing outside parliament

A man threatened to explode what eventually turned out to be a fake bomb strapped to his body in front of Parliament on June 30, the TASR newswire was told by Interior Ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš.

A man threatened to explode what eventually turned out to be a fake bomb strapped to his body in front of Parliament on June 30, the TASR newswire was told by Interior Ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš.

The man demanded that Television Markíza staff be called out and that he be allowed to speak to Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák. The police initially complied with his request before detaining him.

According to Tomáš, the police were informed at 9:15 a.m. that a man was sitting in front of the main entrance to Parliament and threatening to blow himself up. A special team of negotiators arrived within 10 minutes, and Kaliňák and TV Markíza staff appeared later. The police told the man that the minister and television staff would only approach him if he allowed himself to be searched. The man agreed after a long period of hesitation.

"The search showed that he only had an imitation device on him," said Tomáš. The minister and television staff then approached him, and Kaliňák promised that he would deal with his complaint, which related to a case that has been in the hands of the police and Prosecutor's Office without result since 2000. The man was then detained, and will now face a charge of endangering the public. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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