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Haitian robo-calls mistaken for bomb threats at Bragg

Posted November 17, 2010

— Automated calls from a Haitian political campaign were mistaken as bomb threats Wednesday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of a number of buildings on Fort Bragg, officials said.

Several buildings received calls at about 12:30 p.m. from a man speaking an unknown foreign language who uttered the word "bomb" in broken English, officials said.

Authorities searched several buildings, but nothing was found to indicate any threat, officials said. Still, the Army was implementing extra security measures across Fort Bragg, they said.

Officials said they later determined that the calls originated from Haiti and that the man was speaking a patois and urging people to vote. The automated calls were from a political action committee in the Caribbean nation, officials said.

What officials believed to be the word "bomb" was a garbled word that sounded like it, they said.

"This demonstrates how seriously we take threats to Fort Bragg, our personnel, families and our surrounding communities," Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Kevin Arata said in a statement.


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  • BigUNCFan Nov 18, 2010

    "Terrorists have attacked our imaginations, and now our imaginations are running wild!"

    Nice southpark reference whitepony.

  • WhitePony Nov 18, 2010

    Terrorists have attacked our imaginations, and now our imaginations are running wild!

  • smalldogsrule Nov 18, 2010

    They do check every vehicle that enters Fort Bragg.

    Security at Ft. Bragg is a raving JOKE.

    But, this was a perceived THREAT, and not an actual incident. Why and how a hatian political campaign robo caller got numbers on Bragg is another whole question.

  • grandmagail Nov 18, 2010

    I hate those robo calls. They are nothing but an invasion of my privacy. I wish something could be done about them. If you are going to call my number, have someone on the other end. If other people are like me, I have gotten so when I get a call showing the 800 number,etc. I just cut the phone on and immediately cut it off.

  • girlwonders Nov 18, 2010

    They don't check every vehicle. I drive onto Bragg everyday. I have an id card, so they don't search my vehicle. That said, it was a bomb threat scare, no bombs were planted...

  • Hater like Darth Vader Nov 18, 2010

    Sherlock: Maybe you should do some detective work. They do check every vehicle that enters Fort Bragg.

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  • BigUNCFan Nov 18, 2010

    Why are the robo calls calling people in the US and not Haiti?

  • dbcooper41 Nov 18, 2010

    uummmm,why would a haitian political campaign be calling a north carolina phone number?

  • NCPictures Nov 18, 2010

    For those that say "they have won", do you want to take it back now?