Dutch teenager arrested in Rotterdam over American Airlines ‘terror threat’ on Twitter
A Dutch teenager that sparked a terrorist threat after posing as a member of al-Qa'ida and writing a threatening message to the American Airlines Twitter account has been arrested in Amsterdam.
“Hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye,” the girl, identifying herself only as Sarah, said in Sunday’s tweet.
It prompted a response from American Airlines who wrote their own tweet: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”
The account was identified as belonging to an unnamed 14-year-old girl from Rotterdam, who is understood to have handed herself to police and could charges.
The tweet, sent out on Sunday afternoon, was picked up by Dutch police as part of their regular investigation into threatening messages on the social networking website Twitter.
It was not on the request of American Airlines or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States, a police spokeswoman said.
The response from American Airlines was subsequently removed with officials claiming that it was becoming a distraction after going viral. The girl responded in subsequent tweets: “I was kidding. … I’m so sorry I’m scared now … I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine. … I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls … and I’m not from Afghanistan.”
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