Minister: Tallinn Airport bomb threat maker difficult to locate

  • 2016-07-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff/Tallinn

Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said that the person who threatened to blow up a Estonia-Germany flight knew how to make himself hard to find.

Pevkur remarked at today's government press conference that the individual knew "how to turn one or another opportunity in his favour so that discovering him would be as difficult as possible."

"We will do everything in our power to find the person who made the threat," the minister affirmed, noting that investigators currently have "different versions."

According to Pevkur, police presence would remain heightened at Tallinn Airport and the surrounding region at least until Monday. "At present it doesn't seem that there is any real danger to flights," he said.

Tallinn Airport and the Internal Security Service (KaPo) were contacted on Monday after 2 a.m. by a man identifying himself as member of the Islamic group Daesh, who declared his plan to blow up a plane en route from Tallinn to Germany within a week. The phone calls were made in English, from an Estonian cell phone number, and within Estonia.

KaPo opened a criminal investigation into the threat against aviation safety. The proceeding is headed by the Office of the Prosecutor General. "At the moment there isn't any other information indicative of actual danger beside the phone call, but we take the threats seriously," state prosecutor Inna Ombler said on Monday.

Strengthened security is not expected to delay passengers and flights are departing from Tallinn Airport on time.