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BART bomb scare delays service for 2 hours

Suspicious attache case found in ivy. A BART groundskeeper’s vigilance Tuesday served as textbook terrorism prevention in what is being called the “post-3/11 world,” but his discovery of an attache case under the ivy at San Leandro Station delayed 20,000 train passengers. The 8:38 a.m. discovery was more than suspicious. The case, with warning stickers on the outside, was buried under vegetation next to the power station for BART’s overhead tracks. The case later turned out to contain a satellite telephone. Cell phones are commonly used in the Middle East to set off bombs. The discovery came on the day a U.S. Senate committee considered ways to protect American public transit riders from carnage such as that caused by bombs on trains in Madrid, Spain, on March 11. The day before the BART bomb scare, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced plans to improve train security by deploying rapid-response, bomb-sniffing dog teams and by launching an experiment to screen luggage for Amtrak passengers. Full Story

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