x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Bomb hoax mars Edgbaston Test

Edgbaston was the scene of a huge security operation yesterday after a hoax bomb threat caused panic in Birmingham.

Edgbaston was the scene of a huge security operation yesterday after a hoax bomb threat caused panic in Birmingham. A whole section of the ground was cordoned off by stewards while sniffer dogs were used to search a stand during the lunch-break. Security guards stepped up their presence around the players changing rooms before the threat was dismissed. "Authorities were keen to secure a particular area of the ground. I understand there has been no suspicious package found," an England spokesman said. Australia's last visit to England was blighted by terrorist attacks on the London Underground in the capital four years ago. The team were also believed to be targets for al Qa'eda, although this information was not disclosed until the players returned home.

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