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Bomb threat limits operation of Prague train station, IKEM clinic

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Prague, June 16 (CTK) – Several hundred people were evacuated from the prestigious Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) and trains at the Prague main railway station were temporarily stopped due to an anonymous bomb threat on Thursday, Prague police spokesman Jan Danek told CTK.

As bomb experts have not found any explosive system, people could return to the IKEM clinic and trains started operating according to schedule again. The police are searching for the person who made the anonymous threat.

IKEM spokeswoman Veronika Velcova said the police arrived at the clinic at noon and decided on its partial evacuation.

Visitors, medical staff, outpatients and patients capable of walking, technicians and cooks had to leave and were allowed to return after about four hours, Velcova said. Emergency care was provided despite the threat, she added.

IKEM specialises in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, transplantations of body organs, diabetology and treatment of metabolic troubles of patients from the whole country.

Trains going through the main railway station had to stop for 45 minutes. During this time, trains did not stop at the station of the city’s underground network situated at the main train station. Standard operation resumed at 16:00.

This late afternoon, another medical facility in Prague, the Thomayer hospital, faced an anonymous bomb threat.

Police experts searched the ward, in which the bomb was supposed to be planted, but found nothing.

The hospital’s spokesman Ondrej Macura told CTK that nobody had to be evacuated.

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