Ansaphone joke triggers terror raid
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - An anti-terrorism squad raided the home of a Danish family after mistaking a light-hearted message on their answering machine for a hostage alert.
"We have been taken hostage by two children. Hurry. Help us after the beep. Now!" the Danish daily Politiken quoted the message as saying on Monday.
But police in the Copenhagen suburb of Gladsaxe and worried friends, who alerted the authorities on Saturday, thought the message said: "We have been taken hostage WITH two children".
Two police cars were despatched and surprised neighbours watched as policemen cordoned off the area. Police had entered the house but the officer in charge told Politiken it had turned out to be a false alarm.