Bomb threat halts Swiss rail traffic to Italy for hours: Police

| 2013-03-13
GENEVA: The rail traffic through an Alpine tunnel linking Switzerland and Italy was halted for six hours on Wednesday due to a bomb threat, police and the national Swiss rail service said.

Local media in the southern Swiss canton of Valais had received an anonymous threat at 11.15am (1015 GMT) stating that there were explosives on a train carrying out maintenance in the Simplon tunnel, local police said in a statement.

The train remained stuck in the tunnel for hours, a police spokesman said.

It had not been damaged in any way, he said, but had finally been pulled out of the tunnel by another engine as a precaution to be inspected by bomb-sniffing dogs and explosive specialists.

According to the police statement, 30 officers, six dog handlers and four explosive specialists were involved in investigating the threat.

Swiss rail company SBB had set up replacement buses throughout Wednesday, before passenger traffic through the tunnel could finally be resumed at 5.25pm.



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