Sydney bomb experts remove device from teenage girl
The daughter of one of Sydney's wealthiest men was recovering today after police successfully removed a suspected live bomb which had been tied around her neck.
Australian police believe the 18-year-old was a target in an extortion attempt.
Police had been called to the multi-million-dollar Mosman mansion, on the city's shore, by the father of the girl after he received a frantic telephone call from his daughter this afternoon.
Experts from the New South Wales Bomb Squad spent a hours inside the house examining the device while it remained tied around the terrified teenager's neck.
According to local reports, x-rays were taken of the device to allow a more detailed examination before an attempt to defuse it was made.
Assistant police commissioner Mark Murdoch had earlier appeared before the assembled media outside the mansion, describing the situation as a "very serious and sensitive matter".
The teenager, who celebrated her 18th birthday last month, was at home studying when police allege someone broke into her home and strapped on the bomb.
"This type of extortion, this type of bomb, we have never seen before," a senior NSW police officer said.
"There have been instances where similar-type bombs have been worn during attempted bank robberies in America, but not here."