Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Bomb Hoax Delays Train in Eastern Belarus

A Moscow-bound train was delayed for more than two hours in Orsha, Vitsyebsk region, on the night between January 5 and 6 over a bomb threat that proved to be a hoax.

As many as 536 passengers were removed from the train, heading from Russia`s Kaliningrad exclave, upon its arrival in Orsha at 11 p.m. after the Belarusian police were alerted to the threat by their Russian colleagues.

As a spokesperson for the Belarusian transport police told BelaPAN, it was the police in Smolensk that received the bomb report from an unidentified caller.

The passengers were staying at the city`s railroad station while the train was searched by bomb disposal experts.

No explosives were found and the passengers were allowed to continue their journey. The train left Orsha at 3:30 a.m.

Criminal proceedings in connection with the bomb hoax are expected to be instituted by the Russian police.