Dozens of bomb threats reported across Canada, U.S.

Dozens of bomb threats reported across Canada, U.S.

December 13, 2018

A series of bomb threats have been reported in Canada and the United States, leading to emergency response by police across both countries.

Threats were reported in several parts of Canada, including cities Ottawa, Calgary, Penticton, Vernon, Toronto and Kamloops.

In Toronto, police reported that there was a threat at King subway station, and it had been evacuated.

In Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops, bomb threats were sent to car dealerships. Police said they believe the threats are unsubstantiated.

In Ottawa, an official with the Parliamentary Protective Service told Global News they are constantly monitoring “threats domestically and abroad,” but could not comment on specifics when asked whether any threats have been received.

“Parliamentary Protective Service continuously monitors threats domestically and abroad, and we adjust our security posture on Parliament Hill and within the Parliamentary Precinct accordingly,” a statement read.

Threats in the U.S.

South of the border, the FBI is currently investigating the wave of threats, and says it’s unclear whether the threats are connected.

The threats targeted areas in San Francisco, Penn State University, the University of Washington, among several local businesses.

Police departments in several Canadian and U.S. cities said on Twitter that the threats include a demand for payment in bitcoin currency.

The New York Police Department said in a Twitter message that it does not consider the threats to be credible at this time.

Multiple U.S. law enforcement sources told Reuters that no actual explosives had surfaced in connection with any of the threats within the first hour of the scare.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

— With files from Reuters

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