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Bengaluru schools receive bomb threats

'A very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, attention is not a joke (sic), this is not a joke…,' read an email to Bengaluru schools from an address claiming to be linked to al Qaeda

Bengaluru Police has swung into action after at least four schools in the city received bomb threats this morning. “A very powerful has been planted in your school,” the threat stated. Bomb squads have been deployed at the locations and search operations are underway, according to police sources.

The schools in Bengaluru received an email carrying the terror threat at about 10:25 AM. The students and staff were immediately vacated and the police cordoned off the premises of the four schools after the threat.

First, Ebenezer International School located in Hebbagodi police station limits and Vincent Pallotti International School located within the Hennur police station limits received the threats. It turned out that the threat had been given to Gopalan Public School in Mahadevapura, Delhi Public School of Varthur, New Academy School of Marathahalli and The Indian Public School of Govindapura as well.

The threat led to panic among parents as SSLC (Class 10) exams are underway in the state. Additional Commissioner (West) A Subramanyeshwara Rao said that “99% of threats like these turn out to be hoax later and there was no need for parents and students to get panicky. Search operations were being conducted in the premises of the schools without disturbing the ongoing examinations.

“A very powerful has been planted in your school, attention is not a joke (sic), this is not a joke, a very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, immediately call the police and sappers, hundreds of lives may suffer, including yours. do not delay, now everything is only in your hands,” said the contents of the mail accessed by ANI. The email was forwarded from barons.masarfm@gmail.com.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said yesterday that he had directed the state police to examine the veracity of the video that has allegedly been released by the international terror group al Qaeda, expressing its views on India’s row.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that following the threats to schools, the police department had initiated necessary action and the situation was being handled, reported news agencies. “Based on the email, our teams are checking there at the spot…when more information comes, it will be shared with you (media),” he said.

However, an hour after the emails were received, the Superintendent of Police, Bengaluru Rural, said that they have found nothing related to the threat emails. He also said that no one has been apprehended so far and all the reports claiming an arrest into the matter are fake.

“So far, we’ve not found anything in regards to threat mail. Reports of arresting a person, in this case, are completely fake. Under Bengaluru rural limits, a school in Hebbagodi and 2 in Bannerghatta received bomb threats. Search is underway”, SP Rural said.

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