No briefing for UK officials on toothpaste bomb warning

British officials in Sochi say they have not been briefed specifically by the UK government regarding a toothpaste explosive threat warning emanating from American security services.

No briefing for UK officials on toothpaste bomb warning

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Security has been increased nationwide in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Credit: Reuters

British officials in Sochi say they have not been briefed specifically by the UK government regarding a toothpaste explosive threat warning emanating from American security services.

They say the British security threat level is unchanged.

Read: US intelligence warns of 'toothpaste bombers' on airlines

US intelligence warns of 'toothpaste bombers'

The American government has sent advice to airlines flying into Russia, warning them of intelligence which suggests terrorists could smuggle explosives onto planes in toothpaste tubes, according to NBC.

Security in Sochi. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to the US network, a statement from a Homeland Security official read:

"Out of an abundance of caution, [Department of Homeland Security] regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.

"While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority."

An US official said there is no indication of threat to planes flying either to or within the United States, adding that any potential threat was limited to flights to Russia.

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US warns airlines over 'toothpaste bomb' threat

Terrorists might be trying to smuggle explosives in toothpaste tubes onto planes heading to Russia, according to an advisory warning from the US government, NBC News reported.

A statement from a Homeland Security official said: "While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority."

The warning was sent from US security officials to airlines flying into Russia, which hosts the Sochi Winter Olympics from Friday.