Algerian arrested over World Cup bomb threat: report

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Algerian police arrested a man over making a bomb threat through an e-mail to the FBI before a World Cup game between the United States and Algeria last month, local el-Khabar newspaper reported Wednesday.

The FBI reported to the Algerian authorities that they received an English-language e-mail from an anonymous sender, threatening that he would plant an explosive charge in the South African city of Johannesburg, targeting U.S. fans ahead of the June 23 game, the province police chief Tawfik bin Maimoun was quoted by the Algerian paper as saying.

Using the e-mail address and telephone number used to send the threat, the authorities managed to identify the account user as an owner of an internet cafe in the northern province of Boumerdes, the official said.

Upon being arrested and interrogated, the man denied the claims, and it turned out that his 22-year-old partner used the e-mail account to send the bomb threat, bin Maimoun said.

The suspect, now under arrest, is facing charges of making threats to commit terrorist attacks, he added. Yet, the official did not say when the threat maker was arrested.

The game held in Pretoria ended in the U.S. side defeating Algeria 1-0.

An al-Qaida-linked website allegedly claimed in April that it would target the World Cup, the most watched sports event, and specifically U.S.-England on June 12, spurring the world's football governing body FIFA to say that it was taking the threat seriously.

Source: Xinhua


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