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Threatening Emails Sent To Ahmedabad Schools; Police On High Alert

As the schools were closed for summer vacations, no significant measures were taken concerning the safety of children. Police teams, accompanied by bomb squads, swiftly responded to the threat, reassuring the public ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat.
12:59 PM May 06, 2024 IST | Aniket Raj
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Police reported that multiple schools in Ahmedabad received threatening emails on Monday, indicating potential explosions within the institutions.

The schools that received the threatening emails were Delhi Public School (Bopal), Anand Niketan (Bopal), Asia English School (Vastrapur), Calorex School (Ghatlodiya), Amrita Vidyalaya (Ghatlodiya), New Noble School, and ONGC Kendriya Vidyalaya (Chandkheda).

The authorities of the affected schools promptly contacted the police control room regarding the incident. However, since the schools were closed for summer vacations, no major action was taken concerning the safety of children.

Upon receiving information about the threatening emails, police teams, along with bomb squads, promptly arrived at various schools across ahmedabad.

Police reassured the public that there was no need for panic and emphasized that an alert had been issued a day prior to the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat. The polling for the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state is scheduled for May 7 (Tuesday).

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The previous week, over 150 schools in Delhi-NCR and one in Lucknow received bomb threat emails, leading to large-scale evacuations. However, the police later confirmed that the emails were hoaxes.

Sources revealed that preliminary investigations indicated the IP address used to send the threatening emails to over 150 schools in Delhi-NCR originated from Russia. However, Delhi Police suspected that the IP address might have been masked through a VPN.

A police officer stated that the threatening emails were sent from the email ID 'sawariim@mail.ru'. The term "Sawarim" is commonly used by the terror group Islamic State (IS) in their propaganda videos over the past several years, according to the official.

The email sent to the schools in Delhi contained the message: "Kill them wherever you meet and drive them out of the places from which they drove you. There are many explosive devices in the school…," as stated by the officer. Additionally, the email included "aayate (verses) of the holy Quran."

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