Crime & Justice

Several schools in southern India evacuated over hoax bomb threat

New Delhi, Dec 1 (EFE).- Authorities evacuated over 40 schools in southern India on Friday after receiving bomb threats by email that turned out to be hoax.

Anti-sabotage and bomb detection squads conducted search operations in the southern city of Bengaluru but “the notice appears to be a hoax,” the city police commissioner said on X (formerly Twitter).

“All efforts will be made to locate the culprits.”

The email received by several educational institutes, saying “there are explosive devices on the school grounds,” led to the evacuation of at least 5,000 children across the capital of Karnataka state.

Images posted on X showed several official teams searching the schools premises with the help of bomb detectors and dogs trained to detect explosives.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on X that all premises were being checked and the general public and parents of school children needed not to worry.

The government would find the people behind the incident and take action to punish them, he added.

Evacuations of schools due to bomb threats sent by letter or email occur frequently in India, although in most cases such claims turn to be false alarms.

Bengaluru experienced a similar wave of threats in April 2022 that caused the evacuation of nine schools. EFE


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