Central agencies looking into bomb threat emails: Jnanendra

Bengaluru, April 9 : Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Saturday said the central agencies are looking into terror angle in the bomb threat emails sent to multiple private schools in the city. “The central agencies came on their own to look into terror angle whether mails have been sent from outside. They will enquire and gather the details through an investigation,” he said. The home minister, however, did not reveal which central agency is looking into the matter. Multiple bomb threat emails sent to at least nine schools in Bengaluru triggered panic among students, parents and school managements, which the police declared as a hoax after conducting searches. “After thorough search operations which lasted till midnight, the police found no bomb. It was a hoax. The police are making efforts to ascertain the architect behind this hoax emails. The central agencies are also looking into it,” Jnanendra said. The home minister, however, did not specify which central agency is involved in the investigation. The e-mail threats to schools read, “A very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, attention is not a joke, 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!” Reacting to the incident, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday suspected a conspiracy to disturb peace in Karnataka. He also assured that all precautionary steps will be taken. On Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s video statement, Jnanendra said the government has taken the issue seriously and all necessary steps are being taken. In a video clip released by Al-Qaeda and verified by the American SITE Intelligence Group, Zawahiri said, “We must stop being deceived by the mirage of the pagan Hindu democracy”. The Al-Qaeda chief also praised Karnataka college student Muskan Khan (from Mandya) for confronting a group of students opposing hijab in her college in early February. BDN SHK2131

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