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America's Cup terror warning

Crowds and participants attending the America’s Cup yachting competition in New Zealand are being warned to take safety precautions after a terror alert. Counter-terrorism police are investigating three threatening letters, including one containing cyanide, which were sent to the US Embassy and the British and Australian High Commissions in the capital, Wellington. Assistant Police Commissioner for Counter-terrorism, John White, said the identical letters were intercepted and “secured” at the Auckland Mail Centre after staff noticed some white powder. “A small quantity of cyanide (was) in one of the letters,” Mr White said. “It’s quite a serious situation and we wouldn’t want to take it lightly,” he said. He said the threats related to “terrorist acts” that could occur during the final races of the America’s Cup in Auckland if there was an escalation in the Iraq crisis. Government officials say they are concerned the threats may be the action of a disturbed person using a political pretext for their own ends. Police warned that the cyanide was dangerous, could be fast acting if swallowed and could be absorbed through the skin. Full Story

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