JAM | Nov 14, 2023

Bomb threats continue to haunt schools, key business locations

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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The Meadowbrook High School and the Dominica Towers in New Kingston are the latest locations to be affected by the wave of bomb threats plaguing Jamaica.

In a message to parents on Tuesday, the St Andrew-based school advised that there was a “threat to the safety of [the] school”. The threat was later confirmed to be a bomb threat.

Classes were suspended, and parents were urged to pick up their children outside of the school.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also confirmed reports of a bomb threat at Dominica Towers, a multistorey commercial building that houses parts of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation as well as other government and multilateral agencies.

Persons in and around the building were evacuated.

More than 70 institutions have been affected by bomb threats in less than a week.

On Monday, Kingston Wharves closed operations after a bomb threat was reported at the transshipment and logistics company at the Port of Kingston. While KWL has since resumed operation as the worst fears have not been realised, the disruption to operation is estimated to cost the company millions.

Kingston Wharves is a multipurpose terminal and logistics provider that facilitates shipping connections to over 45 destinations. It handles containerised cargo, along with bulk shipments, such as grains and oil; as well as break-bulk cargo, such as motor vehicles and project cargo (steel and lumber).

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the bomb threats are a hoax.

One person has been arrested so far in connection to the string of threats.


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