“‘Terror threat’ hits NMSU,” from the Las Cruces Sun-News, with thanks to Dr. A:
What the FBI called “a possible terrorist threat” forced the evacuation Thursday of most of New Mexico State University during midterm examinations.
A similar call to the Sun-News also led to an evacuation of workers and a lockdown of nearby Central Elementary School.
No explosives were found in either location.
A man with an Arab accent called the NMSU president’s office and the newspaper about 8 a.m. and said a bomb was going to explode on campus. The caller to the Sun-News also made a threat against the newspaper.
The FBI is heading the investigation because the caller to the Sun-News said “they were going to blow (the university) up as high as the heavens, so people will know that al-Qaida lives on,” according to a Sun-News receptionist who took the call.
The caller to the president’s office said the bomb would explode at 9:30 a.m. “in honor of” something, but the man spoke rapidly and his words were unintelligible, NMSU attorney Bruce Kite said.