Hilton bomb scare cuts off Keneally

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A NSW Premier Kristina Keneally was mid-speech at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel when a bomb threat was called in, forcing an evacuation of all guests at the hotel’s events.“The evacuation was conducted with the assistance of the emergency services and all guests and staff from the event floors were evacuated safely,” Hilton Hotel said. Ms Keneally was among 420 guests of the Annual Australia-India Business Council Dinner, along with Indian high commissioner, Sujata Singh, NSW Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, and former premier Neville Wran, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. The guests fled the building after police advised the telephone threat was “credible”.“As happens unfortunately often it was a threat to the hotel,” Hilton Hotel General Manager Paul Hutton told the newspaper, stressing the bomb threat was not directed specifically at Ms Keneally or the function. The eventual cancellation of the dinner caused much disappointment from the event’s guests and organisers.“We have spent months and months of work on this dinner,” Australia-India Business Council NSW President Dipen Rughani said, reported the newspaper.“The most important thing is to protect lives,” he said after describing the financial loss incurred from the dinner’s cancellation.After police conducted a search of the hotel’s event space they advised normal operations could resume.Last night’s bomb threat was all too reminiscent of the 1978 Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing, Sydney’s most serious bombing, which threatened lives of Commonwealth heads of government and killed two rubbish collectors and a policeman. <a href=”https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG3574.jpg” alt=”last_img” />