U. of Texas and North Dakota State University reopen after bomb threats

UT caller claimed to be with al-Qaida

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two universities have reopened after bomb threats prompted evacuations Friday morning.

The University of Texas issued an evacuation after receiving a phoned-in threat that multiple bombs had been placed on campus.

An alert posted shortly before 10 a.m. Friday from the University of Texas said people on campus should immediately evacuate all buildings and "get as far away as possible."

University of Texas director of communications Rhonda Weldon said the university received a call about 8:35 a.m. from a man claiming to be with al-Qaida. The man said he'd placed bombs all over the campus that would go off in 90 minutes -- which has since passed.

Wheldon says all buildings were evacuated at 9:50 a.m. as a precaution.

The university reopened the campus at noon after a search found no bombs.

North Dakota State University in Fargo, also ordered a campus evacuation Friday morning. But it was unclear whether the two evacuations were related.

NDSU issued a statement shortly before 10 a.m. Friday telling all employees and students to leave campus within a half-hour because of a bomb threat. Students in residence halls have been told to walk to locations off campus.

They reopened campus at 1 p.m. Classes will resume at 2 p.m., according to a statement on the university's website.
 

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