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Warsaw (Poland) Caught Off-Guard in Center City Bomb Scare

Warsaw (Poland) Caught Off-Guard in Center City Bomb Scare

News Poland
In from Radio Polonia

A bomb threat brought Warsaw's city centre to a standstill for several hours. Police sealed off roads and evacuated a busy underpass after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted there. Huge traffic jams developed during the rush-hour. After three hours the alert was called off.

I was caught in this mess today! The alert was called off after 3 hours, but the traffic gridlock didn't end. It looked like the Warsaw version of 9/11 (sans the destruction and loss of life). But people were walking away from the center across the bridges. I was one of them. There were police on the trams, but they weren't talking to people -- perhaps everyone already knew. Kind of eerie silence among people. Was this a sick joke, domestic terrorism, or what many people feared might happen if Poland supported the USA in Iraq? Was it an attempt to scare the gay community over the controversy about a march in Warsaw? Has anyone claimed responsibility?

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