Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dutch teen ARRESTED over 'joke' bomb tweet threat to American Airlines


  • The girl took to Twitter on Sunday after tweeting an apparent terror threat
  • She has been arrested after the tweet and her ensuing meltdown went viral
  • Dutch authorities say she handed herself in at a police station in Rotterdam
  • They are questioning her before deciding whether to bring charges

  • A Dutch teen at the centre of an airline bomb hoax scare has been arrested in Rotterdam.
    Twitter user @QueenDemetriax, who calls herself Sarah on the website, sent an apparently threatening tweet to American Airlines on Sunday morning and within minutes received a reply from the airline saying her IP address had been forwarded to the FBI.
    Dutch police have today confirmed they have arrested a 14-year-old over the incident, which saw the girl inundated with angry messages.
    Roland Ekkers, a spokesman for Rotterdam police, told MailOnline officers in the city had launched an investigation into the tweet after it was reported around the world.But before detectives could track the girl down, she walked into a police station accompanied by a family member.
    Speaking this afternoon, Mr Ekkers said: 'Police spoke to prosecutors to decide whether we could arrest her and, after some deliberation, we decided that we could arrest her and she has been arrested.
    'She is now being interviewed by specially-trained officers who are used to speaking to young offenders.'
    Mr Ekkers said the girl has not been charged with any offence, but could face charges related to 'making false threats'.
    The arrest comes after 'Sarah', the name used by the girl on Twitter, tweeted on Sunday: ‘Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.’
    The airline quickly replied: ‘Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.’
    The girl then pleaded with the airline, saying she’s only 14-years-old and from the Netherlands, that she’s never been to Afghanistan.
    ‘What do you want from me?’ She pleaded. But it was to no avail, the airline did not reply.
    ‘I’m so sorry I’m scared now.’ she wrote. ‘I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine.’
    Read full article HERE.

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