Estonian police still seeking summer airport bomb threat caller (1)

Security was increased at Tallinn Airport for the week following a bomb threat called in by phone. July 25, 2016. (Rene Suurkaev/ERR)
9/17/2016 10:32 AM
Source: BNS/ERR
Category: News

Estonia's Internal Security Service (KaPo) continues to search for the person who called in a bomb threat to both Tallinn Airport and the KaPo in July continues.

"The investigation is ongoing, but I cannot speak about its content," KaPo spokesman Harrys Puusepp told BNS on Friday.

Sometime after 2 a.m. early on the morning of July 25, Tallinn Airport and the KaPo received calls from a man calling himself a member of the Islamic State group, or Daesh, who announced his intention to blow up a plane en route from Tallinn to Germany within a week. The calls were made in English, from an Estonian cell phone number located on Estonian territory.

Immediately after receiving the call, the police conducted an extra security check in Tallinn Airport and on its outbound flights. Security measures at the airport were stepped up for the whole of that week as well.

The KaPo immediately opened a criminal investigation into the threat against aviation safety, the proceeding of which will be directed by the Office of the Prosecutor General. State Prosecutor Inna Ombler noted that they did not have any other information indicative of imminent danger beyond the phone call, however they took all such threats seriously.

"Although Daesh has not given advance warning of its attacks, we're stepping up security measures and have begun an operation to capture the person who made the threat," KaPo Deputy Director Aleksander Toots said on the day the threats were phoned in in July.

"There has to be something in the circumstances of this incident which makes tracking down this person so difficult," Puusepp said on Friday. "We already have said that this is not a case of a so-called classical bomb threat maker, who is drunk and makes what he considers to be a joke."

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