Egypt police home in on pigeon to intercept 'spy' message and crack microfilm code

Published January 14th, 2013 - 11:29 GMT
The pigeon has been taken into custody to make sense of the microfilm.
The pigeon has been taken into custody to make sense of the microfilm.

In an incident that brings back old mailing tools, a pigeon was found Sunday in Egypt’s northeastern city of Qalyubia with a written message tied to one of its feet and a microfilm attached to the other, a local newspaper reported.

The Qalyubia Security Directorate said that a security guard called Saber Ibrahim filed a report (numbered 302) after he found “an injured homing pigeon carrying a message that reads "Islam Egypt" and a microfilm,” reported Ahram Online

“The pigeon has been sent to the Criminal Investigation Department while the microfilm has been sent to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) to be developed,” reported the website. 

The pigeon was seized and taken by police, along with the letter and the film, to criminal laboratory for investigation. No further details were announced until now.

However, the incident prompted some sarcastic responses among Egyptian Twitter users, who associated the letter to President Mohamed Morsi, who has always referred to his Freedom and Justice Party’s Renaissance Project as a bird that would fly the Egypt’s obstacles. 

Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim tweeted saying: “Breaking: The Renaissance pigeon is now under custody and is now held a Shubra police department.”


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