Police had reportedly averted a terrorist plot involving a bomb planted at the Game of Thrones set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The foiled plot was reportedly hatched by terrorists and aimed at former Northern Ireland security forces working at the set of the HBO hit TV show.
Terrorist Bomb Threat
The terrorists were said to have planted a bomb at the Paint Hall Titanic studios, near the catering unit where former cops convened to eat meals together. According to sources whose named were withheld, details of terrorist conspiracy were tipped off by an informant for the police, which thereafter reported to a political official named Sammy Wilson.
Wilson then launched a massive police counter-operation that prevented the terrorist plot, the source told the Belfast Telegraph.
The source said the terrorists were supposed to use a bomb made from a combination of a certain kind of fertilizer and a chemical called Semtex. The terrorists planned to transport the bomb inside a wheelbarrow that would be left next to the catering unit.
Belfast Telegraph was able to obtain a copy of the classified documents with details of the failed attack. The terrorists planned “threat to life involving ex-members of the police and security forces working at Game of Thrones,” according to the document.
“It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of this information,” the documents stated. However, it did not reveal the names of the targeted ex-security officials, and of the terrorists involved.
Wilson declined to comment when asked by the Belfast Telegraph. The spokeswoman for the Paint Hall Titanic Studios also refused to comment when contacted.
Meanwhile, sources from HBO denied that such a plot existed. In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, sources said the report was “totally false” and that it “never happened.”
Game of Thrones season 5
The report comes days after HBO announced the fifth season of Game of Thrones, set to be released simultaneously across 170 countries. Fans in the US, Europe and Africa will be able to see the episodes at the same time.
“We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO n the U.S.,” Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming, said in a statement.
Game of Thrones will begin airing on April 12 at 9pm ET, across HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands and HBO Nordic.