Monday, August 16, 2010

Pilgrims at Lourdes Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Thousands of pilgrims, including the sick and handicapped, were evacuated from the shrine of Lourdes yesterday during a bomb scare.
Police received a warning that four devices were about to go off among some 30,000 worshippers, priests and nuns congregating for midday mass.
Army bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs spent three hours searching the grotto in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in south-west France, but nothing was found.

Authorities determined the bomb scare was a hoax; no bomb was found:
It was a cruel hoax,’ said a police spokesman. ‘Somebody wanted to cause as much disruption as possible to people already suffering illness and handicaps.’ Pierre Adias, spokesman for Lourdes, said: ‘We have no idea who is behind this. Bomb scares are not something you associate with Lourdes.’
But I sense there is more to this story that we are not hearing about, at least not for now. For example, how did authorities hear of the bomb threat?

Source: Mail Online

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