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US warns foreign airlines over Sochi Olympics toothpaste bombs



by Joseph Earnest  February 6, 2014


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has warned foreign airlines connecting to Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch out for toothpaste tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb.

The US Homeland Security Department contacted several airports and airlines on Wednesday over the possibility that terrorists may attempt to smuggle concealed explosives into Russia, broadcaster ABC News reported.

The report cited a senior US official, speaking on a condition of anonymity, as the source of the news.

The official said the US and foreign airlines were warned that the bomb-making material could be assembled in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics. The source did not disclose whether any specific intelligence prompted the warning.

In a statement, the US Homeland Security Department said it "isn't aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time."

It said the department "regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics."

Russian security forces are on high alert for possible terror threats ahead of the Winter Olympic Games, which officially open on Friday. Add Comments>>


Source: Radio Deutsche Welle 





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