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Man gets 14 months for airport bomb threat

AN 18-year-old man who, on a dare, phoned in a demand for 1 million yuan (US$156,787) by claiming he had planted a bomb on an Air China flight at the Pudong International Airport in April was sentenced to 14 months in prison yesterday.

Prosecutors said the convict, surnamed 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. The flight was ready to take off for Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Pu also demanded the airport to transfer 1 million yuan into his bank account in two hours, prosecutors said.

The plane was delayed for nearly five hours and no bomb was found.

Pu said a netizen gave him the airport number and dared him to call in a threat.


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