Slovak authorities apologise for explosive after details emerge of 'bizarre' telex

Slovak authorities have formally apologised to the Irish Government for the security blunder which led to a commercial explosive being flown into this country.

The head of Slovakia's border police has offered his resignation over the incident which caused a major security alert in Dublin yesterday.

It has also emerged today that a warning, of sorts, was sent about the explosive material.

A telex was sent to the Dublin Airport office of baggage handling firm Servisair, stating that a sample of explosive was in a black backpack onboard a flight.

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