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Lithuanian News Site Threatened With Hebdo-Style Attack

The office of popular Lithuanian news site Delfi.lt was evacuated Thursday after its editor-in-chief received a threatening letter saying her office would be massacred like the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris.

Addressed to editor-in-chief Monika Garbaciauskaite-Budriene, the letter — which was handwritten in Russian and enclosed with a suspicious powder — featured a sketch of a grave bearing the editor's first name and the phrase "Allah is Great!," Delfi.lt reported.

"Soon it will be like Paris," the letter read.

Last week, 12 people were killed after two gunmen stormed the offices of the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo weekly. The attackers claimed they had "avenged" the prophet Muhammad, who had often been satirized in the publication.

The return address on the mysterious letter's envelope was that of former presidential advisor Daiva Ulbinaite, according to Delfi.lt. Ulbinaite denied any involvement in the incident, telling Lithuanian media she did not understand why her address featured on the envelope.

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