Bomb scare in New Hampshire bus `not terrorist event`: Police

A nine-hour bomb scare aboard a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus ended peacefully last night.

Portsmouth: The police chief of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, says a bomb scare and standoff with a passenger aboard a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus was "not a terrorist event”.

Police chief David Ferland calls the Thursday incident a "localised event only" and refuses to offer any additional information about the passenger, who surrendered after hours of negotiations.

A nine-hour bomb scare aboard a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus ended peacefully last night when the lone remaining passenger walked off it with his hands over his head. The other 16 passengers and the driver had left the bus safely hours earlier.

The ordeal began late Thursday morning, when a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board. That led police to evacuate buildings and streets and call the passengers out under the watch of a sharpshooter in an armoured vehicle.

No one was injured, and the holdout passenger is now in custody.

No details about the passenger were immediately released, and the bus remained parked in downtown Portsmouth with a bomb squad on the scene.

The man could be a foreign national, as agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement were on the scene and there were reports an interpreter was needed to speak to him.

"He is in custody," Police Capt Mike Schwartz said. "No one is injured."

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