Who is calling Kuwait?
Kuwait hit by string of hoax calls
10 March 2008
KUWAIT CITY - A string of telephoned bomb warnings, all of which turned out to be hoaxes, have forced authorities in the Gulf state of Kuwait to evacuate two aircraft and several buildings, the latest of them a hospital on Monday, security sources said.
Since the start of the month, security authorities have received calls warning of bombs at an ultra-modern shopping mall, the American University, a primary school and in two passenger planes.
All were evacuated and searched by special security teams and found to contain no explosives.
At dawn on Monday, authorities evacuated patients from a public hospital after a caller warned that a bomb was about to explode, a security source told AFP. It also turned out to be a hoax call.
On Saturday, a Saudi aircraft and a Kuwaiti passenger plane were evacuated after landing at Kuwait international airport and searched following a threat by a caller.
A security official at the airport said the caller had told the civil aviation department that a bomb was hidden in suitcase on a plane arriving at 2:00 pm (1100 GMT).
Authorities in the oil-rich emirate have remained silent on the hoax calls but local newspapers have been giving extensive coverage to the issue. (Khaleejtimes)
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