• Lafayette College: No evidence that tweets threatening attack are credible, authorities say

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:
    EASTON, Pa. -

    Update 2:28 a.m. EDT May 7: Investigators have not found evidence that social media threats of an attack on Lafayette College’s Easton, Pennsylvania, campus over the weekend were credible, school officials said in a statement.

    “I want to thank everyone for the care you showed for one another last evening and outline next steps for the community as we strive to recover from this difficult incident,” Lafayette College President Alison Byerly said in the statement. “As noted in our message late last night, law enforcement officials did not find any indication that the threat made to the campus was credible. They advise a return to normal operations, including the return to campus of those who remained off campus last night. While Public Safety remains vigilant, the investigation, led by the FBI with the assistance of the Easton Police Department and Public Safety, is now focused on identifying the source of the threat.”

    Read the full statement here.

    The news came after school police said early Sunday that “no malicious or hazardous materials” were found “after an extensive room-by-room search of the campus.”

    ORIGINAL STORY: A Twitter user who claimed to attend Lafayette College and support the Islamic State group reportedly threatened to attack the school's Easton, Pennsylvania, campus Saturday, sparking an FBI investigation.

    According to Lehigh Valley Live, the person, using the name "Jafar Saleem (Brendan)" on Twitter, pledged to "destroy the Christianity within the school and make Allah proud." The Twitter user also posted a photo of several weapons with the caption, "Allah has graced us with these weapons of destruction to carry out his needs," Lehigh Valley Live reported.

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    The Twitter account has since been suspended, officials said.

    In a pastebin.com post, the person claimed to have placed "several pipe bombs, pressure cookers and nail bombs around the campus and plan to inflict the most damage possible," Lehigh Valley Live reported.

    The college tweeted late Saturday that students on campus should "stay where they are" and off-campus students should "stay away while the threat is assessed."

    The college's public safety department tweeted early Sunday that the campus is "not on lockdown."

    Read more here.

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