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Police Arrest Woman for Embassy Bomb Threats

Woman Sent SMS Messages to Keep Boyfriend in Town. Hoax Threat Caused Closure of Jakarta Embassies and Bali Consulate.

(1/17/2005) Investigations by police into a bomb threat against the Thai and British embassies in Jakarta and the British Consulate in Bali on Friday, January 14, 2005, has resulted in the arrest of a 22 year-old Jakarta woman.

The threats, made via a SMS message on Thursday, caused a full scale alert and shut down of the embassies and sparked a manhunt by Jakarta police. Using sophisticated electronic tracking capabilities police managed to trace the call to the young woman, Zulfah, who reportedly sent the hoax message. According to police, the woman's motive in increasing the threat level was to prevent her fiancÚ, Agung, who works as a guard at the Thai Embassy, from taking time off for a solo visit back to his home town of Ngawi.

Zulfah was said to have been so shocked and upset when police traced her call and placed her under arrest that she collapsed and had to be rushed to a local hospital.

Police affirm that the woman has no known terrorist links and believe her bomb threats were solely motivated by her desire to control her boyfriend's movements.

Now the jealous young woman faces another problem: Will her fiancÚ wait for while she faces the possibility of up to 4 years in prison for instigating the bomb hoax?