Bomb Scare Behind Government Offices - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Bomb Scare Behind Government Offices

Published January 31, 2012

Ragnar Egilsson

At 9 o’clock this morning an object thought to be a bomb was discovered at Hverfisgata 4 behind the government offices.
Hverfisgata was closed from Arnarhóll to Lækjartorg until noon while bomb disposal experts disposed of the object.
A guard at the government offices had reported a explosion at 8:30 AM. The surrounding buildings were cleared and residents in the area urged to stay away from all windows. However, authorities did not deem it necessary to clear the government offices.
At 10:30 a remote-controlled bomb disposal tool carried out a controlled explosion on the suspicious package. No explosive materials were found but a police spokesman stated to www.mbl.is that they considered it highly likely that the item was made with the intention of resembling an explosive charge.
Political posters and signs were found on the scene but no further information has been disclosed regarding purported affiliation. Similar signs were found posted by the Ministry of the Interior and subsequently those offices were cleared.
A police search of the surrounded area is not known to have yielded any other suspicious materials.
Police have denied further comment but are expected to make a statement later today.

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