Thursday, April 28, 2005

Frontier Bomb Scare

An unidentified shopping trolley bag that had been abandoned at the Gibraltar pedestrian exit gate caused a full-scale bomb scare at the frontier yesterday at 6pm.

As a result the frontier was closed for over an hour and no vehicles or pedestrians were allowed through.

The Royal Gibraltar Police had to cordon off a safety area and similar measures were taken by the Spanish authorities on their side. A traffic and pedestrian exclusion zone was in operation until the RAF bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion shortly after 7pm. The area was declared safe twenty minutes later and normality was restored.

The suspicious bag was found to contain a pair of shoes and other items of personal shopping.

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