Slovak Interior Minister says real explosives no longer used for trainings

Slovak police are continuing with the practice of holding sniffer-dog trainings, however the procedure where an actual explosive sample is put into travellers' luggage has been banned, said Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák at a press conference in Bratislava on February 4, the TASR newswire reported.

Slovak police are continuing with the practice of holding sniffer-dog trainings, however the procedure where an actual explosive sample is put into travellers' luggage has been banned, said Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák at a press conference in Bratislava on February 4, the TASR newswire reported.

The move follows an incident last month in which an unwitting passenger carried explosive onboard a flight to Dublin that had been planted and then forgotten about by Slovak police.

“It is a standard procedure carried out during every flight, only with alterations - sometimes it is real explosive sample, sometimes it is a dummy,” said Kaliňák for the TASR, explaining how there are other ways of accomplishing the same training purposes.

“We are excluding the possibility of real explosive samples being put into luggage. It has its risks, therefore we have stopped it and we're looking for other alternatives,” according to Kalinak. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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