Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Sydney girl threatened with ‘collar bomb’

Onlookers stand behind a police tape near a house where bomb squad officers worked to protect an 18-year-old girl. (Tim Wimoborne/Reuters)
In an upscale neighborhood in Sydney, Australia, a man reportedly broke into a home and strapped what might have been a “collar bomb” around the neck of an 18-year-old girl.

A bomb squad worked for nearly 10 hours to remove the device from the girl, who reportedly stayed calm with the help of counselors. Her parents remained outside the home throughout the ordeal. The police do not have a suspect yet, but suspect it may have been an extortion plan. Her father is the CEO of a large software company.

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