Terror threat empties Tel Aviv high rise

Jan. 28, 2004 at 12:57 PM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The threat of a possible bomb Wednesday sparked the evacuation of Tel Aviv's landmark Azrieli Towers mall and skyscraper complex, Ha'aretz reported.

Bomb removal experts and firefighters removed a suspicious object found in a basement parking structure of the shopping mall and office buildings in the heart of the city.

Shoppers were allowed back in the mall about an hour later and the mall fully resumed operating.

Tel Aviv police chief Yossi Sedbon said it was unclear whether the device was really a bomb or a fake.

"It could just have been a prank, but also a criminal or terrorist act," Sedbon said. "We stress that security at the [towers] is of the highest possible level, but if this really is an explosive device, we will have to investigate how this happened."

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