'Son of Bin Laden' Threatens Bombing of Oak Forest Bar

Owners at Oak Forest bar Linger, 4142 167th St., received several threatening phone calls from an unknown person, claiming he was the son of Osama bin Laden, and that there was a bomb set to detonate at midnight Nov. 1.

A man claiming to be the son of Osama bin Laden threatened to bomb an Oak Forest bar Nov. 1, according to police.

Police responded to a report of four bomb threats phoned into Linger, 4142 167th St. Each message was similar, and seemed to be from the same person, according to reports.

At the scene, officers spoke with the owner, who said that the person warned of a bomb in the building that would detonate at midnight. 

Police notified Cook County Sheriff’s Police Bomb Unit and the Oak Forest Fire Department of the situation. The bomb squad called in a K-9 unit, which did not detect any explosives in the business. Officers notified surrounding businesses of the threat and asked people from each business to check for anything out of the ordinary. All businesses remained open during the incident. 

No trace was performed on the number, as police determined the threats were not valid. 

Nothing unusual was found in the area; police told the owners of Linger to save the messages for further investigation.

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Jennifer D. November 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
"No trace was performed on the number, as police determined the threats were not valid." A threat is ALWAYS valid, and should never be looked at as anything less than a THREAT. That makes no sense to say police determined threats were not valid. Regardless, if the person followed through or not, he should be held accountable for making the threat.


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