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Bomb threat shuts down University of Minnesota campus

The threat came only days after a 23-year-old student shot 32 people to death and committed suicide on Monday at Virginia Tech.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2007 04:07 IST

Seven buildings at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus were evacuated on Wednesday after a professor found a note with a bomb threat against several campus buildings.

The buildings, including a library, were evacuated and classes in those buildings were cancelled for the day.

The threat came only days after a 23-year-old student shot 32 people to death and committed suicide on Monday at Virginia Tech. On Tuesday, campus threats forced lockdowns and evacuations at universities, high schools and middle schools in at least 10 states. One threat in Louisiana directly mentioned the massacre in Virginia, while others were reports of suspicious activity in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota and Michigan.

University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg Hestness said he was aware of the empty threats made against many schools around the United States since Monday, but he could not discount the chance of a real attack.

"I don't think we could err on the side of not believing it," he said.