ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — More than 70 people were sickened after gas was released Monday in a chain store and boxes with glass containers attached to wires were found in three other outlets of the same store. Police said they believed a commercial dispute or blackmail attempt was behind the incidents. A spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry, Viktor Beltsov, said 78 people sought medical care and 66 of them were hospitalized. None of them were assessed as being in life-threatening condition, he said.
Stepchenko said that a custodian at a branch of the Maksidom home-supplies chain found a suspicious box before the store’s opening and when she opened the box, she found ampoules attached to wires and a timer. The woman inadvertently broke one of the ampoules and noticed a repulsive smell, but apparently was not sickened, he said.”
So was it terrorism?
“Officials of the store chain, which has outlets only in St. Petersburg and sells furnishings, home-repair material and other domestic articles, had told police that they had received threatening letters in recent weeks, Stepchenko said.”
Sounds like the use of terror as a means to an end. However, “Police initially are considering the incidents as “hooliganism.”
Others: “A local police spokesman said: “The likely explanation for what happened is that it was malicious competition…”Now we can definitely say that the possibility of a terrorist act is ruled out,” he added.”
So, guess which act it was:
A) Commercial dispute.
D) Malicious competition.
E) Terrorist act.
Maybe it’s all of the above. Maybe hooligans engaged in a commercial dispute and used terror tactics. Why say it’s not terrorism? Is it only extreme and violent religious fundamentalists who use terrorism? No. This sounds like terrorism to me.