KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — A total of 19 reports on hoax bomb threats via email to several private and public schools were received by the police today, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.
In a press release issued this evening, he said seven reports were filed in Selangor, five in Kuala Lumpur, three in Johor, two in Penang, and one each in Perak and Negeri Sembilan.
The threats were sent through two email accounts using the name ‘taktstorer,’ which translates to ‘disturber of peace’ in German, from the email service provider beeble.com.
“As soon as the threats were reported, the police, in cooperation with the schools involved, evacuated the premises and relocated students to a safe location with the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Department before being allowed to return,” Razarudin said.
Security clearance procedures were carried out, revealing that the threats were false, with no evidence of a bomb risk in any school as claimed.
“The investigation also found that the email address in question was newly created, and the original content of the email was in English, which was translated into Malay using a translation application,” he said.
The same email content was detected to have been sent to 70 schools in Jamaica on November 12 by an individual with mental health issues.
The police are currently investigating whether there is any connection between that incident and the events today.
“The case is being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. The police take bomb threats seriously and investigate any threats without fail,” Razarudin said.