Bomb Threat Hoax Targets Schools in Attica

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This morning, numerous schools across Attica, including areas such as Gerakas, Egaleo, Ilioupoli, Haidari, and Pallini, received threatening emails about bombs. Initially suspected to be a hoax, the mass email scare was confirmed as such after thorough investigations by the Hellenic Police (ELAS).

Over 120 calls were made to the emergency hotline "100" by concerned school administrators, all reporting identical threatening messages. ELAS responded promptly, deploying units from Amesi Action, the DIA team, and nearby police patrols to conduct checks at the affected schools. No suspicious items or activities were found.

The email, seemingly translated by an automated tool, referenced ISIS attacks in Paris and Islamic terrorism. It included ominous threats about turning cities into ruins and specifically mentioned targeting the Conference League grand final between Olympiacos and Fiorentina, scheduled for this evening in Nea Philadelphia. The message contained inflammatory rhetoric intended to incite fear and chaos.

In response to the incident, ELAS issued a statement: "This morning, a large number of schools received an identical email with threatening content. The message appears to originate from a foreign country, and its mass distribution, even to non-operational schools, indicates an intent to cause disturbance and undermine citizens' sense of security. The Greek Police, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, promptly conducted necessary checks. The Directorate of Cybercrime is investigating to identify the sender. The safety of citizens, especially the student community, is our top priority, and all necessary measures will be taken to apprehend the perpetrator."

The Electronic Crime Unit is now focusing on tracing the origin of the emails, which are suspected to have been sent from abroad. Efforts are underway to identify and locate the sender responsible for this disruptive hoax.

(Source: Ekathimerini)

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