Teenage Girl Arrested Over Tweeted Threat Against Airline

AMSTERDAM (April 14, 2014) Police in the Netherlands arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet.

The girl, who was not identified for privacy reasons, turned herself in Monday to Rotterdam police in the company of a parent and was being interrogated, police spokesman Roland Ekkers said.

The tweet posted Sunday said it came from an al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan named Ibrahim and threatened to "do something really big on June 1," but the account's handle came with the nickname "Sarah" and a profile image of a young woman.

Apologetic tweets were posted to the account after the airline replied it was taking the threat seriously and calling in law enforcement.

Ekkers said the motive for the tweet is not yet known.


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