Jacksonville, Fla. – Six “tech-savvy” teenagers have been identified by FBI as interested in involvement in threats against historic black colleges and universities across the country, including the Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, NBC reported Wednesday. News.
The FBI believes the threat, which took place on the first day of Black History Month, was racially motivated, NBC News reported.
Edward Waters University warned students on social media on Tuesday morning that “unidentified bombs and threats had reached the EWU campus this morning.”
EWU was one of at least 13 HBCs that were bombed on Tuesday. This came at the heels of the bombing of at least half a dozen historic black universities in five states and the District of Columbia, many of which had been locked up for some time.
A law enforcement official told NBC News that interested people came from all over the country. The teens are “sophisticated methods of imitating the source of the threats,” reports NBC News.
News4JAX contacted the FBI office in Jacksonville for more information, but could not confirm the report or the whereabouts of the interested parties.
“The FBI is conducting a nationwide investigation into the bombings of historic black colleges, universities and places of worship,” the FBI said in a statement. “This investigation is a top priority for the Bureau and includes more than 20 FBI field offices across the country. And to exchange information with academic and religious leaders.
Although no explosives have been found so far, the FBI takes all threats seriously and we are committed to investigating these threats in depth and in depth.
We are currently unable to provide further details due to further investigation.
The FBI will continue to work to ensure the safety of all races and religions in their communities, schools and places of worship. We would like to remind members of the public to report any suspicious or potential threats to law enforcement, call their local FBI field office, or provide tips.fbi.gov.
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