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Slovakia: Bomb alert at Caputova’s house came from psychiatric patient

Slovakia, Bratislava – On Sunday, Slovak police received an anonymous alert message suggesting a bomb had been placed inside the house of President Zuzana Caputova, reported the TASR news agency.

On Facebook, law enforcement authorities confirmed they had received such a warning: “We can confirm we have received an anonymous call […] reporting that there’s an explosive in President Zuzana Caputova’s house”.

Following reports of the bomb alert, presidential spokesman Martin Strainec said that Caputova, a former anti-corruption lawyer elected in March as the first female president of Slovakia, was all right and wasn’t in danger.

A political newcomer with no previous experience in public office, Zuzana Caputova became the first women to be elected president in Slovakia last March.

Police officers then took all the appropriate action, closed down the street in Pezinok, a small town in the northern suburbs of Bratislava, where Caputova’s house is located. “Police officers, pyrotechnicians, fire-fighters are rescuers have come to the scene”, an eyewitness told TASR.

Interior Minister Denisa Sakova also reacted to the incident, saying law enforcement authorities “do not take lightly” any threat of this nature, and thanked all the forces involved in securing the house of President Caputova, according to local Sme daily.

Slovak police later announced that the anonymous phone call had been placed by a patient from a psychiatric clinic.

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