Bukit Aman working with FBI, Interpol after bomb threats at Johor private schools


JOHOR BARU: Police are investigating the bomb threats via email to six private schools in Johor.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said that so far, new threats have been received, and Bukit Aman was now working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol on the matter.

"We received six police reports from six private schools last week on Tuesday (Nov 21) and have opened an investigation paper.

“We have completed our report and handed it over to Bukit Aman, and to date, there have been no new threats,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after the police retiree certificate handing over ceremony at Dewan Dato’ Onn, Johor police headquarters, here on Monday (Nov 27).

Comm Kamarul Zaman added that their investigations revealed that the schools had received the threats from the same email account.

On Nov 21, he confirmed that the schools in Permas Jaya, Masai, Gelang Patah, Kulai, and Muar had received the email between 11am and 6.18pm.

"After receiving the reports, teams of policemen, including the bomb squad and canine unit, were sent to the schools to investigate the alleged threat.

"We searched the school areas, and no suspicious object was found. The locations have been deemed safe," he said.

On Nov 24, Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said the case was complicated as it involved cyber crime and that Bukit Aman was working with the FBI and Interpol.

The cases were being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation by anonymous communication, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years, a fine, or both upon conviction.

It was also being probed under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which was punishable with up to one year imprisonment, a fine up to RM50,000, or both upon conviction.

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