Man threatening to bomb US embassy in Hanoi arrested

By Matt Steinglass

Hanoi (dpa) – Police have arrested a man accused of threatening to bomb the US embassy in Hanoi in August, police said Thursday.

     Police in the port city of Haiphong said local resident Nguyen Kien Dinh, 25, was arrested Monday on charges he had repeatedly telephoned the embassy and threatened to bomb it.

     Dinh had no political goals and simply wanted to become famous, a police source who requested anonymity said, adding that Dinh had no bombs or bomb-making materials.

     The embassy reported the threats to police on August 18, according to the source.

     A spokesman for the US embassy in Hanoi confirmed a threat had been made and thanked the Haiphong police for their cooperation.