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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Australia’s Collar-Bomb Hoax


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David Leser, thedailybeast.com / Aug 4, 2011 2:11 AM EDT.

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Police and family members at the scene of Mosman home where an 18-year old girl is believed to have had a bomb strapped to her earlier today, on August 3, 2011 in Mosman, Australia. , The Sydney Morning Herald / Getty Images.

Sydney authorities worked for 10 hours to free Madeleine Pulver, 18, from a device suspected of being a collar bomb—but turned out to be fake. David Leser on the teenager’s ordeal.


The elegant Sydney Harbor suburb of Mosman was the scene Wednesday of a horrifying hostage bomb scare after an 18-year-old young woman had a suspected explosive device strapped to her neck by a balaclava-wearing intruder.
For 10 hours Wednesday, Sydney time, schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver sat terrified and transfixed in her family home as police and bomb disposal experts worked to free her from what they believed was “a collar bomb,” never before seen in Australia.
Police said they faced an unprecedented situation, both “extremely complex and stressful,” given that the device was thought to be a remotely detonated bomb, or one capable of being activated by a trembler switch. The trembler switch has been used by the Provisional IRA and other terrorist groups to detonate car bombs from safe distances. They can be set off when the explosive device is tilted beyond a certain angle.
At midnight last night, the device was found to be “a very, very elaborate hoax,” possibly part of an extortion against the young woman’s family.

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