FBI investigates bomb threats against black colleges as hate crimes | national

WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating a series of bomb threats against several historically black colleges and other institutions across the country this week as hate crimes.

“This investigation is of the highest priority for the bureau and involves more than 20 FBI field offices across the country,” the FBI said in a statement Tuesday. “These threats are being investigated as racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes.”

More than a dozen historically black colleges, other universities and religious institutions have reported bomb threats in recent days, forcing some to lock down their facilities and triggering a nationwide federal investigation. Howard University, Kentucky State University and Morgan State University were among the schools affected.

The threats, which come on the first day of Black History Month, follow similar incidents that targeted HBCUs earlier this year.

“The recent threats against HBCUs across the country are a brazen attempt to dilute our sense of security and freedom by attacking places traditionally considered a haven for all who pursue an education in a nurturing environment,” the official said. Jackson State University president Thomas Hudson in a statement. the school’s website on Tuesday.

The FBI said no explosive devices were found at any of the locations, but “the FBI takes all threats extremely seriously and we are committed to thoroughly and aggressively investigating these threats.”

FBI officials have repeatedly warned in recent months that individuals or small groups motivated by racial or ethnic hatred pose the most dangerous and deadly domestic terrorist threat.

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