Police probe string of false bomb threats

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Several schools around Norway all received bomb threats from a man speaking English on Wednesday. The schools were all evacuated and no bombs were found.

“The schools all received the same sort of threatening phone call in the same period of time,” Gisle Småge of the Sør-Øst Police District told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He said it could have been the same person sending out multiple threats, “and this will be investigated.”

NRK reported that the principal of the Gjerpen elementary school in Skien, for example, received a call at 9:15am from a man “who used the word ‘bomb.'” More than 400 pupils at the school were evacuated. At 9:24am, the Charlottenlund elementary school i Trondheim received a similar call, as did the Nordnes School in Bergen and the Kvarstein School in Agder just a few minutes later.

Police were sent to all the schools and the evacuations were called off by midday. The motive for what appears to be a hoax remained unclear.

newsinenglish.no staff