Entries in Bomb Threat (5)


New York to Moscow Plane Diverted After Bomb Threat

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A passenger jet flying from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Moscow was diverted to Iceland on Thursday because a caller reportedly told the NYPD there was a bomb on board.

A total of 256 people were on board the Russian Aeroflot plane when an anonymous caller told New York City police that there was a bomb on the flight, airline spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg told Russian media outlets.

Authorities in New York confirmed to ABC News that the plane was diverted because of "technical issues."

No bomb was found on board the plane, which remains in good condition, according to Russian news agency Interfax.  Interfax also reported that passengers are waiting for a new crew to arrive.  The crew on board the plane diverted to Iceland is reportedly being sent home to Moscow, as crews on the airline work according to set timetables.

The Airbus A330 took off from New York on Wednesday.  Prior to diverting to Iceland's Keflavik International Airport, at one point, the pilot considered turning the flight back to New York.  However, the pilot then decided to go on, only to divert to Iceland.

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US Embassy in Nigeria Warns of Possible Attacks in Abuja

ABC News Radio(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- On Saturday, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria issued an emergency message warning U.S. citizens of possible terror attacks in the country's capital of Abuja.

The warning comes a day after bomb and gun attacks in Damaturu in Yobe State which left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamic sect known as Boko Haram carried out the deadly attacks and are believed to have recently attacked neighboring Borno State.

The U.S. embassy warned of possible attacks at hotels in Abuja including Nicon Luxury, the Sheraton Hotel, and the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The embassy cancelled scheduled events in the possible target locations and advised citizens to avoid the hotels.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Damatur attack and further attacks may be planned as Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks and called for an end to the violence and reiterated, "his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence."

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Australian Bomb Hoax: Father Holds Press Conference

(NEWCASTLE, Australia )-- William Pulver , the father of 18-year-old Madeleine who was at the center of a tense police operation in Sydney Wednesday, says his family is eager for their lives to return to normal.

Pulver held a press conference in Sydney where he thanked police and other emergency services and praised his daughter’s courage.  He also said his daughter Maddie wanted to personally thank the officers who sat in her immediate vicinity during the ordeal. 

Pulver said that Maddie woke up the next morning “tired and a little sore (after) holding this damn device in place for about 10 hours…and she is now eager as we are to get on with her life. “  

The teenage girl had reportedly been ambushed by a masked man in the family mansion, who placed what appeared to be an explosive device around her neck in an extortion plot. After police were alerted, neighbors were evacuated and streets blocked off. The Pulvers, said to be one of Sydney's wealthiest families

New South Wales Police say they were called to the house, and after lengthy examinations by officers from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Squad, Madeleine Pulver was safely reunited with her parents around midnight. The device turned out to be a fake bomb.

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Bomb Squad Diffuses Device in Dublin Ahead of Queen's Visit

John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Dublin is on high alert Tuesday after a possible bomb was found ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland.

According to a Dublin Police Department spokesman, a "viable" improvised explosive device was found on a bus traveling toward Dublin.  The bus was stopped and evacuated in Maynooth in County Kildare, where bomb disposal experts were able to diffuse it.  The situation was declared safe around 2 a.m local time.

Hours later, another possible explosive was reported in west Dublin, but police found that threat to be a hoax.  The incident was deemed safe around 8 a.m.

Despite the bomb threats, the 85-year-old Queen landed in Ireland Tuesday for a four-day visit.  Her trip marks the first time a British monarch has visited Ireland.

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London Police Receive Multiple Bomb Threats from Irish Terrorists

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Three coded bomb threat warnings by dissident Irish terrorists have been called in to London police as of Monday, ABC News has learned.

The warnings come ahead of President Obama's scheduled visit to London next week and the Queen of England's trip to Ireland on Tuesday.  According to sources, none of the threats mentioned Obama nor the Queen.  One of them did, however, mention a location where no bomb was found.

The phoned-in threats are the latest in an aggressive campaign by Irish terrorists that has so far confined itself largely to attacks on police and security services in areas inside the U.K. that include Belfast, Omagh, and Londonderry.  An attack in London is an aspiration of the terrorists, British law enforcement and intelligence sources have told ABC News.

Recent press in Ireland has suggested that the dissidents are seeking to acquire weapons such as rocket launchers.  But as ABC News has reported, the groups have already constructed sophisticated mortars capable of flinging nearly 40 pounds of explosives more than 300 yards.

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