Air France flight grounded in Venezuela over bomb threat

Dec. 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM   |   0 comments

CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Venezuelan authorities delayed the departure of an Air France flight from Caracas to Paris due to threats of an explosive on board, officials said.

The French anti-terrorist unit gave information of a possible explosive on board flight 385 to SEBIN, Venezuela's Bolivarian Intelligence Service Saturday, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported.

"It was assumed that explosive had been placed on a plane to detonate in flight between Caracas-Paris or Paris-Caracas," Venezuela Minister for the Interior, Justice and Peace Miguel Rodriguez told state television channel Venezolana de Television.

"So far the information we have is the intent of a terrorist group to place an explosive on a France [to] Venezuela flight," he added.

Venezuelan authorities halted the flight's departure and searched the plane, the newspaper said.

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