Fake bomb attached to Sydney girl for 10 hours

13:55, August 04, 2011      

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A device attached to a terrified Sydney teenager for 10 hours on Wednesday was a fake, police have confirmed on Thursday.

"A very, very elaborate hoax as it turned out," New South Wales (NSW) Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said on Thursday after police released 18-year-old Madeline Pulver from the device following a delicate 10-hour operation.

"But it was made and certainly gave the appearance of a legitimate improvised explosive device. We had to treat it seriously until we could prove otherwise and that's exactly what we did and that's why it took so long." Murdoch told reporters in Sydney.

Murdoch said the 10-hour operation involved a large number of police from many specialist units and agencies.

NSW police also sought advice from British military experts and the Australian Federal Police as they worked to make the device safe.

The young woman was taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital for checks and was released on Thursday morning.

The suspected bomb was reportedly attached to the young woman after a masked man burst into her family home about 2 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday.

The drama began when the 18-year-old girl called police to her Mosman home about 2:30 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday.

Murdoch told reporters outside Madeleine's home it was "far too early" to establish a motive for the attack.

He declined to detail any demands made by the person who has so far evaded police.

"Certainly the family are at a loss to explain this, but you wouldn't expect someone would go to this much trouble if there wasn't a motive behind it," Murdoch said.

"What this motive is, we are still not aware."



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