Hungary bomb threat halts international trains

Police officers of the Counter Terrrorism Centre (TEK) patrol outside the Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool, the venue of water polo matches at the FINA Swimming World Championships 2017 in Budapest, Hungary on July 19, 2017.
Police officers of the Counter Terrrorism Centre (TEK) patrol outside the Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool, the venue of water polo matches at the FINA Swimming World Championships 2017 in Budapest, Hungary on July 19, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

BUDAPEST (AFP) – Hungarian police on Wednesday (July 19) inspected all international trains entering the country after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, sparking major travel delays.

“An unidentified male called to say that he had placed a bomb on an international train travelling through Hungary,” police said in a statement.

As many as 20,000 Hungarian and international travellers were affected by the delays lasting up to three hours, according to the national railway station company (MAV).  

By Wednesday afternoon, more than 18 trains had already been searched before being allowed to continue their journeys, with no explosives found so far.  

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The checks will be carried out until midnight, MAV said.