August 16, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian federal police said on Friday that they have uncovered explosive devices planted inside, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, averting a major tragedy.
- Ethiopian Airlines planes at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Two explosives were found around the departure terminal of the country’s largest airport targeting the hundreds of passengers waiting to fly.
The incident created panic among passengers and caused a delay in flights until bomb disposal experts were able to dismantle the devices, which are believed to have been home made, and cleared the rest of the area for other explosive devices.
It is not clear how the attackers managed to pass the number of security check points at the airport.
A police official told Sudan Tribune that the nature of the attack is under investigation and it is yet to be determined if the attempt was a terrorist attack.
“It is safe now and no more threats. There is nothing to worry” about the source, who requested anonymity, said.
Airport authorities have placed the international airport on high alert with a heavy security presence.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is among Africa’s three busiest hubs.