Australia Terror Ends as Girl Freed From Possible Bomb

Details are hazy; intruder reportedly strapped collar bomb to teen
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
Fire Brigade members wait outside at the scene of Mosman home where an 18-year old girl is believed to have had a bomb strapped to her earlier today.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A happy ending to a frightening—and somewhat confusing—situation out of a tony neighborhood in Sydney, Australia. The country has been gripped by the 10-hour ordeal of an 18-year-old girl who was reportedly found with "what may be a bomb" attached to her neck. The Daily Telegraph reports that she has been released from the "very elaborate, very sophisticated device." The teen, reportedly the daughter of a high-profile business exec, is said to have called police herself at 2:30pm local time.

During the ordeal, the assistant police commissioner said that determining whether it is a bomb is a "tough nut to crack," and noted that it took four police specialists hours to remove the device. According to some reports, an "extortionist" wearing a balaclava broke into the home and strapped the device to the girl.

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