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Bomb threat temporarily suspends Don Quijote outlet in Sendai

Shoppers and store employees are seen evacuated outside the building housing a Don Quijote outlet following a bomb threat, in Sendai's Aoba Ward in Miyagi Prefecture, on Jan. 27, 2019. (Mainichi/Hana Fujita)

SENDAI -- Shoppers and store workers were temporarily evacuated outside a building housing an outlet of the Don Quijote discount store in this northeastern Japan city after it received a bomb threat on the morning of Jan. 27, police said.

At around 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 27, a man called the store, Don Quijote Sendai-Eki Nishiguchi-Honten, in Sendai's Aoba Ward in Miyagi Prefecture, saying, "I have planted a bomb." The call was made from an anonymous number.

A store clerk alerted police about the call, and the 10-story commercial building accommodating the popular discount store temporarily suspended its operations. No suspicious materials were found inside the establishment, and all stores inside the building had resumed operations by 2 p.m., according to Sendai Police Station.

Police are investigating the incident on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.

(Japanese original by Hana Fujita, Sendai Bureau)

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