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Man, 18, said he made airport bomb threat for fun

AN 18-year-old man who claimed to have planted a bomb on an Air China flight and tried to extort 1 million yuan (US$158,338) from the Pudong International Airport made the threat as a joke, local prosecutors said yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Pu, a Sichuan Province native, has been arrested on charge of fabricating terrorism information.

Pu called the airport hotline about 6pm on April 27, claiming he was an al-Qaida terrorist and threatening to detonate a bomb on flight CA406, preparing to take off for Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Prosecutors said Pu also demanded the airport transfer the money into his bank account in two hours.

The airport ordered passengers off the plane and unloaded their luggage for a second security check. Police found no bomb after a comprehensive search, causing a five-hour delay.

Pu told prosecutors he used a voice chat software called iSpeak to call the airport hotline, and he did it for fun.

"A netizen provided me with the number and I didn't know it would have such a serious result," Pu said.

Pu was caught two days later in a cyber cafe in Guangyuan City in Sichuan Province.


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