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Sydney Teen Freed from Collar Bomb

Sydney Bomb SquadExplosives experts in Sydney were at the scene of a Mosman home, a northern suburb of the city, to free an 18-year-old schoolgirl from a collar bomb. The bomb was attached to her in an attempted extortion at one of the richest addresses in the city.

During the incident, bomb squad experts, rescue teams and ambulances blocked off Burrawong Avenue in Mosman. Madeline Pulver was in the front of the house with 4 police officers working on what they said was a suspicious device. Her parents were waiting distraught outside and weren’t allowed to talk to their daughter the whole time, but they were being kept thoroughly up-to-date about what was happening inside. The father, William Pulver, is a high-profile businesses executive, while the mother is the chief executive of a technology company that provides linguistics technologies to companies like Google, Nokia and Microsoft.

There were reports, despite authorities not releasing a lot of details, that a man wearing a balaclava forced his way into the Pulver home at 2pm, put the bomb device around the Madeline’s neck or wrist and left a ransom note before running out. The situation came to the attention of police around 2:30pm. There have also been reports that the extortionist told the girl that the device was a bomb that could be triggered with a remote, and that a microphone was attached so that he could hear everything she said. Two negotiators are said to have kept her calm and engaging in conversation while another two bomb experts examined the device, which was understood to have been x-rayed and analysed to find out how it was wired and if there were really explosives in it.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander Mark Murdoch says Madeline was wearing a very sophisticated and elaborate device during the 10-hour incident on Tuesday, which was finally over after midnight. They contacted the British military, who has had experience dealing with these types of devices. Authorities had to be very careful about what they told media during the ordeal, as they didn’t know who would be listening to the broadcasts, while homes in the area were evacuated. Madeline did well keeping her emotions in check.

Murdoch also confirmed that Madeline interacted with the person responsible for attaching the device to her. The girl disclosed a lot of information to authorities, and the family is confused about why they were targeted. The commander has been doing this job a long time, and this is definitely one of the most difficult and unusual incidents he has been involved with. He’s never heard of anything like this happening before in Australia. Madeline is in good hands with her mom and dad, and she will be okay, he added, praising the family for how well they handled a situation, which no parent would want to experience.

Update: It’s been revealed that the bomb device was a hoax, but the horror the family was put through is very real. Police say a 2-page, handwritten note was attached to the device. It was signed by the lead, fictional anti-hero character in the historical novel Tai-Pan by James Clavell. There were a series of instructions in the note telling Madeline to contact the suspect online, but there were no demands for money. The device also contained a USB stick, and police are conducting a thorough search of CCTV footage from around the neighbourhood and the family’s home and belongings.



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