Manitoba police investigating bomb threats directed at local businesses

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Oklahoma City police said at least 10 bomb threats had been reported in the city. The Calgary Police also reported that several bomb threats were made across the city.

"We remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance", they said. Service at the station resumed within the hour.

Police didn't offer other details at this time and wouldn't confirm if the buildings were being evacuated. Law enforcement has to investigate each report, businesses have to shut down during the investigation, and threats of physical harm can cause extreme stress for the recipient, their coworkers, family, and friends. Winnipeg police tweeted that bomb threats had been sent to local business email accounts but added that none of them were substantiated.

York regional police say they have responded to several unfounded email bomb threats demanding bitcoin sent to local businesses and individuals.

"The San Diego Police Department is working with affected law enforcement agencies to identify the (perpetrators) responsible for these false threats", SDPD officials said in a prepared statement.

In the latter city, computers in a private home and at Tri-City Medical Center received the threatening emails, Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.

Law enforcement agencies across the US dismissed the threats, saying they were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and were not considered credible.




Employees at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Valdosta Daily Times in Georgia tweeted about evacuating because of the bomb threats.

Threats were made, mostly via email, to seemingly random locations like schools, businesses, stores, attorneys' offices and even to a Zoo, police said.

The FBI didn't respond to a request for comment to The Associated Press.

Starting shortly before 2 pm EST (1900 GMT), police departments in major U.S. cities coast to coast began reporting on Twitter that numerous local businesses had received the emails - awkwardly worded threats to set off a bomb unless a bitcoin payment of $20,000 were received.

Security researchers tracking the Bitcoin addresses spotted in today's spam campaign said they haven't seen anyone make a payment yet. And a quick Google search for "bomb threat" shows an ever-increasing list of cities spanning the nation reporting more of the same.

Other cities are receiving similar bomb threats, forcing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to release a statement.

"It is believed that these emails are originating outside the country, and are merely an opportunity to try to solicit money", police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said.

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