Dutch girl, 14, arrested over Twitter airline threat

Monday 14 April 2014 17.51
Dutch police have arrested a teenage girl after she allegedly tweeted a threat to American Airlines
Dutch police have arrested a teenage girl after she allegedly tweeted a threat to American Airlines

Dutch police have arrested a teenage girl after she allegedly tweeted a threat to American Airlines posing as an al-Qaeda member.

The 14-year-old girl named Sarah "reported to the police this morning accompanied by a relative", Rotterdam police's Roland Ekkers said.

"She's been taken into custody with a hearing against her to start soon," he told AFP.

Sarah apparently posted the message that landed her in hot water on social network Twitter on Sunday morning.

"hello, my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye," read the message, which has since been deleted together with her account.

American Airlines then responded, saying: "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Dutch public broadcaster NOS said Sarah, whose tweet earned her thousands of new followers, then furiously tried to rectify the situation.

She tweeted: "I'm really sorry. I'm really scared now. I made a joke, please ... I'm just a girl."

Another tweet, published by the NOS read: "I'm not going to tell my parents. They'll tell me to delete my acc (account) omg (oh my God) that will be the end of my life".

"I always wanted to be famous, but I meant like (teen idol) Demi Lovato famous, not Osama bin laden famous."

Mr Ekkers said police were investigating "because of the uproar caused over the weekend".

It is not sure how long Sarah will still be under arrest, he added. "We would like to find out what her motives were."