Tourist orders 'pomegranate,' app translates it to 'grenade' prompting bomb threat

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An Azerbaijani tourist accidentally summoned Portuguese police after a translation application he used confused the word “pomegranate” with “grenade.”

The 36-year-old Russian speaker with Israeli citizenship wrote a note to order a drink, but the app gave him the wrong translation. The restaurant’s waiter read the note thinking the man was making a bomb threat about having a grenade, and called authorities.

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The confusion may have been caused due to the similarities between the Russian words for pomegranate (granat) and grenade (granata), which may not have translated correctly in the application.

He was handcuffed outside the restaurant and was ordered to lie face down on the ground as officers approached him. The tourist was taken to the police station for interrogation, but was later released after they discovered he was not in possession of any weapons.

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The restaurant was also inspected by officers who liaised with Portugal’s anti-terrorism units.

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Police and anti-terrorism units have been on high alert in Portugal after the government raised the terror threat from ‘moderate’ to ‘significant’ in the wake of the Israel-Hamas War.

France has also moved to the highest level of terror alerts after deadly attacks took place after the beginning of the war.

Paris police opened fire on a woman who threatened to blow herself up after allegedly making death threats and speaking in support of terrorism on a train heading into the French capital Tuesday.

Two police officers together fired eight shots, seriously wounding the woman, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. It said she was hospitalized for emergency treatment.

A police investigation said she is facing potential charges of making death threats, of defending terrorism, and of intimidating behaviour directed at police.

Paris police said officers responded after train passengers reported that a woman was making threats. Government spokesman Olivier Veran said the woman “made remarks of a rather Islamist nature” that worried other passengers.

With additional files from the Associated Press

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