Police give passenger explosive device by accident

2014-09-11 13:43

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Sydney - Australian police on Thursday apologised for leaving an explosive device in a suitcase that was given to an airline passenger as a replacement at Sydney Airport.

The unidentified woman on Tuesday discovered the 230g of plastic explosive in the bag she was given when hers was damaged on a flight on 14 August , media reports said.

Australian federal police commander for the airport, Wayne Bucchorn, said it had left behind during a dog training exercise at the airport.

He said device that was hidden in the suitcase was not live and had posed no risk.

"The AFP takes this error seriously and the canine instructor who inadvertently left this device behind has been identified and will be the subject of a formal professional standards investigation", Buchhorn said.

Australia last month beefed up security at its key airports as part of new anti-terrorism measures.
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