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10-year-old's bomb threat shuts down airport

The boy said that he was”Pablo Escobar, Lord of the Skies”.

Image: Bomb threat via Shutterstock

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy phoned a bomb threat against a flight arriving at the Dominican Republic’s main airport triggering chaos and an hours-long security lockdown, authorities said.

The boy made the threat Tuesday against a Jetairfly plane arriving from Brussels with 274 people on board and identified himself as “Pablo Escobar, Lord of the Skies,” invoking the name of a notorious Colombian drug lord who was killed in 1993.

“The phone call was made by a 10-year-old boy whose name has not been released for legal reasons,” said a statement from the Caribbean country’s National Investigations Department, which did not immediately reveal why the child had identified that specific flight.

Re-routing of numerous flights and other security measures led to financial losses of as much as $1 million.

Police were able to trace the phone call to a house on the outskirts of the capital Santo Domingo and the boy was arrested. He was later released to the custody of relatives.

- © AFP, 2014

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