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Bomb Scare Diverts UK-Bound Jet

A bomb scare which forced a London-bound Qatar Airways plane to make an emergency landing in Syria has turned out to be a false alarm. Qatar Airways described the scare as a “hoax” after the plane carrying some 250 passengers had landed in Damascus. A woman of European origin who raised the alarm is to remain in the Syrian capital for questioning, but the other passengers are expected to travel on to London on the same plane. The scare came amid heightened tension throughout the Gulf, where Britain and the United States have been massing troops and military equipment ahead of a possible attack on Iraq. The passengers on board the Airbus A330-200 were taken off the plane while Syrian police searched for a device, but nothing was found. Flight QR001 from the Qatari capital, Doha, to London Heathrow is due to continue shortly, the airline said. The incident was the second involving a Qatar Airways plane this weekend. A second airliner was delayed in Cairo after a hoax message containing a bomb threat was found aboard. Full Story

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