Schools shut after bomb threat sent to east Japan city

MAEBASHI — Schools in Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture, have been shut after a bomb threat was sent through the eastern Japanese city’s website, the municipal government said.
The message, sent through the website’s inquiry form on the morning of Sept. 20, threatened to blow up elementary, junior high and high schools plus Gunma University’s Kiryu Campus and the city hall on Sept. 23, the Kiryu Municipal Government revealed. The city also announced the one-day school closures as well as strengthened security at schools and city hall.
Parts of the message read, “I will blow up a school in the city at around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and kidnap students in the confusion,” and, “I will pack a truck full of ammonium nitrate and crash it into the city hall at around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 23.”
Similar bomb threats have been sent to the neighboring cities of Nikko and Kanuma in Tochigi Prefecture.
(Japanese original by Naomichi Seno, Maebashi Bureau)
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