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Canada schools evacuated over unsubstantiated bomb threats

Authorities cleared the threat after nothing suspicious was found in the search conducted at the schools. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Toronto, ON, Canada Sep 21, 2016, 10.37 PM (IST)
A bomb threat forced evacuations in 62 schools in the small Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. 

About 19,000 students were taken to safe locations in their communities after police received a threat that bombs were placed aa a number of schools. 

The threat was faxed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada's capital of Ottawa, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Kevin Baillie said.

"The message stated that the bombs been had placed at a number of schools and would be detonated today," he said.

Police said nothing suspicious was found after officers searched all of the schools in the province. Threats were also received elsewhere in Canada.

Authorities declared the schools safe after no explosive device was found. 

"The minister of public safety just informed me that all of the schools' children and personnel are safe. The situation is under control," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa.

The provincial government said in a tweet that information about whether schools would reopen on Thursday would come on Wednesday evening.

Edward Island is the country's smallest province with a population of about 146,000.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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