University in Kota Damansara evacuated over bomb scare

OCPD Petaling Jaya ACP Mohd Zaini speaking to reporters at the Kota Damansara university campus. ― Picture by Kamles Kumar
OCPD Petaling Jaya ACP Mohd Zaini speaking to reporters at the Kota Damansara university campus. ― Picture by Kamles Kumar

KOTA DAMANSARA, Jan 22 — The Kota Damansara campus of a local university was cleared out this morning over concerns of a possible bomb there.

According to a security officer, the students were directed to leave the compound around 11am following the discovery of an unattended bag.

Police personnel are currently on location, but refused to provide confirmation, telling reporters to await an official statement.

Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Mohd Zaini Che Din clarified during a press conference that there was no bag found, and that the evacuation was prompted by a reported bomb sighting that was made to the university in a phone call around 10am.

“They got a call from someone speaking in English. He (the caller) said he saw some Iranian guy putting a bomb in one of the toilets,” he told reporters.

Mohd Zaini said that after being notified by the university, the police proceeded to evacuate the campus with over  2,000 students to conduct a full search of the premises.

“We had to evacuate and check because don't know what toilet the bomb is in,” he explained.

The university reopened at 2pm and students have re-entered, but police presence remained heavy as investigations are still on going.

The police also took down statements from several employees including the staff who received the call.

Mohd Zaini also said the they will interview foreign students there over the threat, but said this was a matter of procedure and not to typecast any group.

Malaysian police are on heightened alert following the series of terrorist attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia last week.

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