DNI says 10-year old caused SDQ bomb scare at Las Americas International Airport
The National Investigations Department (DNI), the local FBI, says that a 10-year old boy was responsible for making the hoax bomb scare call to Las Americas International Airport that activated a full emergency alert and practically closed down the airport, with estimated losses of more than US$600,000 as a result of the flight delays, as reported in El Nacional.
The DNI Anti-Terrorism Division and assistant prosecutor Jose Miguel Cabrera traced the calls made to the airport to a home in Sabana Perdida in Santo Domingo North. The DNI says they found a document with a list of several government security bodies. As disclosed by the DNI, the boy made the first call at 3:26pm on Tuesday, 27 May identifying himself to the operator as Pablo Escobar, the famous Colombian capo. He made the second call at 8:20pm, confirming the arrival of the flight with the bomb.
The DNI said that the president of the Airlines Committee at Las Americas International Airport, Dorian Martinez, reported that the hoax call had caused losses of between US$600,000 and US$1 million.
The DNI says that the boy made around 60 calls that day to a number of public and private entities that provide security and emergency services, including the Police, National District Fire Corps, the Weather Office and the National Police Hospital.
The calls were made just before the start of the 911 Emergency System precisely today, Friday 30 May. The authorities are urging the public to only use the number in genuine emergencies. DNI chief Major General Maximo William Munoz Delgado called for greater responsibility from citizens.
The child lives with his grandmother, Maria Altagracia Espinosa Feliz. His sister, Ana Luisa Espinosa was also arrested for questioning, but both women were later released without charges. A due process will be followed.
The official explanation has been received with skepticism. Some wondered if the 10-year old boy must be gifted to be so convincing, and others commented on radio programs that the government should ask TV channels to halt the transmission of the so-called narco-soaps that glorify the drug trafficking capos.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
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