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Wave of hoax bomb threats hit Malaysian schools

BERNAMA – Malaysian Police received 44 hoax bomb threat reports involving government, private and international schools nationwide between Tuesday and 8am yesterday said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

He said the sender of the email used the name ‘Taktstorer’, identified as originating from Cyprus and the IP (internet protocol) address from Finland keeps changing.

“We have contacted all the state education directors for schools with Google emails to identify the threats,” he told reporters yesterday.

Razarudin said police have also carried out security flushing on the grounds of the schools involved. “I assure parents, students, and teachers that their safety is the priority of the police,” he said.

He said investigations found that other countries, such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, and the United States had also received hoax bomb threats. Jamaica received as many as 70 hoax calls, he said, adding that investigations were ongoing with the assistance of the countries involved.

Malaysian Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain. PHOTO: THE STAR

Meanwhile, a teacher at a religious secondary school in Jalan Pokok Machang in Penang lodged a police report at 1.55pm yesterday after the school received a bomb threat via email.

Penang police chief Datuk Khaw Kok Chin said the religious secondary school received the email on Tuesday but only just noticed it.

“Based on the email, it is the same sender who sent similar information to others on Tuesday,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Meanwhile, in Perak, at the Manjung district police headquarters on Thursday, the headmaster of a special needs school in Sitiawan lodged a report stating he received a bomb threat via email from an unknown individual, two days ago.

Manjung Police Chief ACP Mohamed Nordin Abdullah said in a statement today that the email was received on November 21. “It said ‘There are explosives planted in the school’ and created much fear in the school,” he added.

He said the headmaster had received the Ministry of Education’s email regarding the bomb threats to schools at about 11.20am yesterday, adding that investigations were underway and advised the public to refrain from speculations that could jeopardise investigations.