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Police: bomb threat investigation involves other islands

On the tarmac: passengers on British Airways flight 158, stand below a Royal Air Force C17 cargo plane, on Sunday after being evacuated from their Boeing 777, after LF Wade International Airport authorities received a credible bomb threat as their flight taxied to depart for London Heathrow at about 8.50pm (Photograph courtesy of officialjaybda/X)

The Bermuda Police Service confirmed they are working with international agencies in response to a series of bomb threats made against other Overseas Territories, but said no arrests had been made.

A spokesman said: “The BPS are aware of similar threats in Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla. It is believed that they are connected. The BPS is working with sister territories on this matter. There have been no arrests thus far.”

At about 9pm on Sunday, the airport received a bomb threat via e-mail targeting LF Wade International Airport and British Airways flight 158 to London Heathrow.

The threat prompted an evacuation of the terminal, with the aircraft sent to a remote site for safety.

A spokeswoman for Skyport, the airport operator, said this week that the BPS as well as Bermudian and international aviation security officials were investigating the incident.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force also said in a press release this week that they were collaborating with Bermuda and Turks & Caicos to identify the offenders behind the threats.

The BPS spokesman said that “appropriate” protocols were followed by police in response to the incident including conducting a sweep of the aircraft to ensure no explosives were on board.

The spokesman added: “There are specific protocols activated by Skyport in cases of threats at the international airport. The BPS’s role is to ensure the safety of the public.

“There are specific actions that are executed for any threat to national security. A debriefing is being held this week to identify any gaps and learning points to improve processes moving forward.”

An investigation into the matter has commenced in collaboration with other Overseas Territories.

The public can assist by providing information through the regular police number, 211, or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

The Ministry of National Security said it was “satisfied that all appropriate emergency protocols were activated to ensure the safety and security of the crew and passengers on the flight, the LF Wade International Airport and the surrounding area”.

No injuries were reported due to the incident, and the flight departed safely on Monday night.

A spokeswoman said: “As an added note, the Bermuda Police Service are investigating Sunday’s threat and any other threats that have emerged.”

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Published May 08, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated May 08, 2024 at 7:49 am)

Police: bomb threat investigation involves other islands

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