KUALA LUMPUR: Police received 44 hoax bomb threat reports involving government, private and international schools nationwide between Tuesday and 8am today, says Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain.
He said the sender of the email used the name “Taktstorer”, identified as originating from Cyprus. However, the internet protocol (IP) address from Finland kept changing.
“We have contacted all the state education directors for schools with Google emails to identify the threats,” he told reporters after an anti-graft pledge ceremony and the launch of 3C Rules in conjunction with the Integrity Month 2023 at PDRM College, Cheras, here today.
Razarudin said police have also carried out “security flushing” on the grounds of the schools involved.
“I assure parents, students, and teachers that their safety is the priority of the police.”
He said investigations found that other countries, such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany and the US, have also received hoax bomb threats.
Jamaica received as many as 70 hoax calls, he said.
Investigations are ongoing with the assistance of the countries involved, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Meanwhile, a teacher at a religious secondary school in Jalan Pokok Machang in Penang lodged a police report at 1.55pm today after the school received a bomb threat via email.
Penang police chief Khaw Kok Chin said the religious secondary school received the email on Tuesday but only noticed it today.
“Based on the email, it is the same sender who sent similar information to others on Tuesday,” he said.
The headmaster of a special needs school in Sitiawan also lodged a report stating he received a bomb threat via email from an unknown person two days ago.
Manjung police chief Nordin Abdullah stated the email said: “There are explosives planted in the school.”
This created much fear in the school, he added.