May 5, 2006

Sicily receives bomb alert for incoming ship

PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - Authorities in the southern
Italian island of Sicily received a telephone call warning that
a ship arriving at the port of Palermo on Friday was carrying a
bomb, a police source said.

The caller said the ship would arrive at 11.30 a.m. (0930
GMT) but gave no other details.

Port officials in Palermo said no ship was due to arrive at
that time. Bomb squad officers searched a car ferry, run by
ferry company Grimaldi, that had arrived earlier from Tunis but
did not immediately find anything suspect.

Security at ports around the world has been discussed
widely by European and U.S. officials and at conferences
devoted to fighting dangers of international crime and