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Haitian robo-calls mistaken for bomb threats at Bragg

Posted November 17, 2010 5:31 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2010 6:33 p.m. EST

— 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.