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US citizen deported from Mexico over bomb threats

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Mexico has deported to the United States a U.S. citizen of Russian origin who allegedly threatened to bomb a courthouse in California, police here said Monday.

Georgiy Chipunov, 28, was handed over to U.S. authorities Sunday after his arrest in the northwest border city of Tijuana, a Mexican police official told AFP.

"Chipunov threatened to blow up the federal courthouse of San Diego, California and kill judges and officials," said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, international relations coordinator for police in the Mexican state of Baja California.

The suspect is considered a "dangerous terrorist" by U.S. authorities who also accused him of cyber-terrorism, Arenas Moreno said.

U.S. officials said Chipunov made his threats last week in emails that were traced back to San Antonio del Mar, a tourist complex in Tijuana some 20 kilometers from the U.S. border.

He was arrested over the weekend after the San Diego sheriff's department requested help from Mexican authorities in Baja California.

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