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US authorities thwart aircraft bombing

Published March 2nd, 2023 - 10:35 GMT
US authorities thwart explosive device bombing

ALBAWABA - Authorities arrested a man carrying an explosive device concealed in his bag while attempting to take a domestic flight in the United States.

Mark Muffley, who wanted to fly from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley International Airport to Orlando in Florida, federal police said.

The police said that the bag which was with Muffley triggered an alarm as it moved on a belt into a routine baggage inspection device on Monday.

A security officer checked its contents and found a package hidden in the lining of the bag, the police pointed out.

Following inspection, police determined that it was an explosive device that included a type of powder that is used in making fireworks, a bottle of butane gas, a lighter, and a tube containing white powder residue.

The suspect left the airport when he heard he was being called upon through airport loudspeakers to check in at a security office. But the police stopped him a few hours later and apprehended him.

He was charged with attempting to place an explosive, or incendiary device on an aircraft.

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