x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Dubai student reprimanded for setting off home-made bomb at school

An Iranian student, accused of helping a bus driver set off a home-made bomb as a warning to teachers, has been handed over to his parents.

DUBAI // A teenager blew up part of his school with a powerful, home-made bomb.

The 15-year-old Iranian pupil at Salman Al Farsi school in Al Qusais placed the device – made of fireworks, a battery, wires and a timer – in a bin next to a classroom on November 23 last year.

It exploded, slightly damaging a wall and roof but causing no injuries, Dubai Juveniles Court was told yesterday.

The boy, AM, was reprimanded for posing a risk to lives and damaging school property, and handed over to the care of his parents.

The school’s bus driver, MS, 26, also Iranian, is accused by prosecutors of building the bomb and giving it to the boy.

They said the driver wanted to warn teachers to improve their treatment of pupils and drivers.

Police said MS had told them another man, KS, taught him how to make explosives, but the bus driver denied this to prosecutors.

The driver has been referred to the Court of Misdemeanours on a charge of posing a risk to others’ lives.He has denied the charge and awaits a verdict scheduled for next month.