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Slovakia says sorry over botched air security drill

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Slovakia says sorry over botched air security drill


An airport security test has ended in embarrassment for Slovakia after explosives planted by authorities in an unwitting passenger’s bag ended up in Dublin.

Around 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive was flown to the Irish capital where the Slovak national resides. He was arrested then freed without charge. The explosives did not put his flight in danger.

“On their own, this type of explosive does need to be combined with other elements to make it a bomb but obviously this type of high-grade explosive is potentially extremely dangerous,” said Commandant Gavin Young of the Irish Defence Force. “But they do need to combine with other components to make it into any type of explosive device.”

The explosive material slipped through the net during a security drill at Poprad Airport, northeast of Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Sniffer dogs are said to have detected it but a security officer apparently forgot to remove it from the unsuspecting passenger’s bag.

Slovakia has expressed “profound regret” over the incident.

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