New Zealand schools targeted by bomb threats

New Zealand schools targeted by bomb threats

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More than a dozen New Zealand schools received bomb threats on Thursday, which caused widespread disruption, with authorities denouncing an orchestrated cyberattack from abroad.&nbsp ;

Most of the affected schools have been closed or evacuated. 

Cherie Taylor-Patel, president of the New Zealand Federation of Head Teachers, told RNZ radio spoke to the Ministry of Education, who “understand that it was in fact a cyberbot from overseas”. 

Neo Police -zeelandese said in a statement that she 'does not believe there is a security risk'. 

This new wave of threats came 24 hours after false calls four New Zealand schools, in Waikato, Thames and Gisborne (north). 

Authorities said they were still investigating threats to schools in Marlborough, Masterton, Kaikoura, Greymouth, Queenstown, Levin, Whanganui, Rolleston, Takaka, Geraldine, Dunstan, Ashburton and Palmerston North.

Tasman Area Commander Simon Feltham said they were interviewing “two young about a threat to Marlborough Girls' College. 

No explosive devices were found at the schools involved. 

Schools in New York Zealand and Australia were previously targeted by bomb threats in 2016.

In 2018, an Israeli-American was sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Israeli court for throwing around 2,000 fake alerts in North America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark.