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Australian police reveal details of bizarre bomb hoax

Aug 4, 2011 2:24:29 AM - itnnews.lk

Australian police authorities have finally revealed details of a bizarre bomb hoax that ended without any serious outcomes to either the teenage victim or to the authorities who tried to free her.

The bizarre scenario unfolded in one of the most exclusive streets in Mosman, which is a very wealthy suburb on Sydney Harbor. Many well-connected people, sports stars and celebrities live in the area.

Bomb experts spent 10 hours trying to free the 18 year old Madeleine Pulver, who was attached to a suspicious device, along with a letter which made ‘serious’ demands. The situation was resolved soon after midnight Thursday (Australia time).

After the 10 hour ordeal, Pulver was taken to a local hospital and later released and reunited with her parents.

Police authorities said at a news conference, they don’t have a suspect in the case and it was too early in the investigation to determine a suspect. Investigations revealed the suspected bomb did not contain explosives, and authorities have described it as a “very, very elaborate hoax.”

Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told Australian media, “This is an unusual incident for New South Wales and indeed Australia.” He further said, “Certainly the family are at a loss to explain this, but you wouldn’t expect someone would go to this much trouble if there wasn’t a motive behind it.”