Man Claiming To Be With Al Qaeda Calls In Bomb Threat At University Of Texas
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AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston) – After the University of Texas ordered a campus-wide evacuation of all buildings amid bomb threats made against the campus, the university has allowed students to reenter the campus and its buildings.
UT officials allowed students and administrators back on campus after a morning bomb threat sent a scare throughout the Austin community. Rhonda Weldon, UT’s director of communications, said in a statement that the university received a call at around 8:30 a.m. from a man with a Middle Eastern accent, claiming to have planted bombs all over campus.
“He said he was with Al Qaeda and these bombs would go off in 90 minutes,” Weldon said in the statement.
This prompted the university to send out a notice over its emergency alert system shortly before 10 a.m.
“Evacuation due to threats on campus,” the campus said in an alert sent across campus. “Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible. More information to come.”
The AP reports that university officials have not found any bombs on campus.
Weldon added that UT President William Powers was notified of the alert and decided to evacuate all buildings “out of an abundance of caution.”
At around the same time, a bomb threat was made against the campus of North Dakota State. The university sent an alert noting that all students to be off campus by 10:15, citing that a bomb threat was made against the campus this morning, according to Valley News Live.