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U of W, colleges threatened

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A bomb threat Wednesday afternoon resulted in exams being postponed and the campus closed overnight at the University of Winnipeg.

Jeremy Read, U of W senior executive officer, said no bomb was found during two searches by Winnipeg police and campus security.

The U of W will open at 8 a.m. today and exams are being rescheduled.

"It was a non-specific threat received at Winnipeg Technical College this afternoon and the threat (also) implicated both ourselves and Red River College," Read said, noting non-specific meant no dates, times or exact locations were stated.

The original threat came at about 1 p.m. to the Winnipeg Technical College at its Erin Street campus, which was evacuated. All three institutions were searched by police and nothing suspicious was found at any of the locations.

A notice on the Red River College website stated "Operations will continue as normal at Red River College with no cancellations to exams or any other activity."

Wednesday evening classes were cancelled at the Winnipeg Technical College's Erin Street campus.

The U of W was shut down Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and a preliminary security sweep of the campus took place. A more thorough search of all areas was conducted overnight.

Read said Wednesday was to be the last day of exams at U of W for the 2013 winter session so there was a limited number of students on campus but six exams were scheduled during the time of the threat.

Though the Boston Marathon bombings were April 15, he said the three schools carried out security procedures that were already in place.

Winnipeg police are investigating.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 25, 2013 A11

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