Police in explosives gaffe at Paris airport suspended

7th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Two police officers who bungled a training exercise with the result that a slab of explosives was placed on a flight out of Charles de Gaulle airport are to face disciplinary proceedings, the headquarters of the gendarmerie in Paris said Tuesday.

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Two police officers who bungled a training exercise with the result that a slab of explosives was placed on a flight out of Charles de Gaulle airport are to face disciplinary proceedings, the headquarters of the gendarmerie in Paris said Tuesday.

The two men are also being suspended from their functions as dog-handlers because of "grave professional misconduct."

Police services around the world were continuing to hunt for the 150 grams of explosives - the size of a bar of chocolate - which left Paris on an unknown flight on Friday evening.

Experts said the material is harmless because it is not connected to a detonator.

In a routine test the two dog-handlers placed the bar of explosives inside a random bag as it passed on a conveyor belt between check-in and the aircraft loading bays.

One dog successfully detected the item, but the other did not. Before it had the chance to have another attempt, the bag had been taken off towards its destination.

Police described the bag as a small blue hold-all around 60 centimetres long. The explosives were placed in a zipped compartment.

On Monday Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin described the police behaviour as "reprehensible and scandalous" and promised an investigation.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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