Unattended travel bag causes bomb scare at Parliament

2016-05-19 11:35
Police at Parliament (Jenni Evans, News24)

Police at Parliament (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - An unattended travel bag caused a bomb scare at Parliament on Thursday.

Security staff noticed the small black travel bag parked next to the entrance to the Old Assembly building and sealed the area off.

A sniffer dog was sent in to check it and an explosives expert approached the bag to prepare it for removal. 

People in the area praised the explosives expert for his bravery as he calmly worked next to the bag.

"He's got nerves," said one man, peeking around a corner.

"It's probably just a bag of files," said another. "But you can't be sure after the other day," he said, pointing in the direction of a glass door cracked during the removal of the Economic Freedom Fighters from the National Assembly chamber on Tuesday.

Some thought it may have been forgotten by one of the many MPS and staffers who arrive in a convoy of buses every day.

However, once opened, the bag turned out to contain folded clothing.

The explosives officer, who did not want to give his name, would only say, "I'm fine", as he received thanks and pats on his back from his fellow officers.

(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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