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Saturday 24 February 2018

Girl rescued after father said he had bomb

Kristen Gelineau in Sydney

A FATHER who marched into a Sydney law office with his daughter and said he had a bomb in his backpack was taken into custody yesterday after a tense, 12-hour stand-off with police.

The man's 12-year-old daughter was released, New South Wales police said. She was unhurt.

Assistant commissioner Denis Clifford said bomb technicians were examining the backpack to see whether an explosive devices was in it. A police tactical team forced its way into the office after negotiations with the man began to crumble.

Police have not released the man's name. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The drama began when the man walked into the reception of the lawyers' offices. Employee Betty Hor said he asked to see someone she had never heard of.

Ms Hor said the man told her to call the unknown man and the state attorney-general's department, adding: "Tell them I've got a bomb in my backpack."

She called police as the man walked to a lawyer's office with the girl, who called him "Dad".

The stand-off came a month after an extortionist broke into a Sydney home and fastened a fake bomb around the neck of a millionaire's daughter. Paul Douglas Peters (53) is now in jail in the US, awaiting extradition.

Irish Independent

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