US warns foreign airlines over Sochi Olympics toothpaste bombs
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has warned foreign airlines
connecting to Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch out for toothpaste
tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb.
The US Homeland Security Department contacted several airports and airlines on
Wednesday over the possibility that terrorists may attempt to smuggle concealed
explosives into Russia, broadcaster ABC News reported.
The report cited a senior US official, speaking on a condition of anonymity, as the
source of the news.
The official said the US and foreign airlines were warned that the bomb-making
material could be assembled in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics. The source did
not disclose whether any specific intelligence prompted the warning.
In a statement, the US Homeland Security Department said it “isn’t aware of a
specific threat to the homeland at this time.”
It said the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international
partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi
Russian security forces are on high alert for possible terror threats ahead of the
Winter Olympic Games, which officially open on Friday.
Source: Radio Deutsche Welle