AUSTIN, TEXAS – The University of Texas is evacuating all of its buildings due to threats on campus after a caller claiming to be with al-Qaida said he placed bombs all over campus that would go off around 10 a.m. — which has since passed.
“Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible,” read a message posted at 9:53 a.m. on the campus’ emergency alert website. “More information to come.”
UT Director of Communications Rhonda Weldon said the university got a call around 8:35 a.m. from a male with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus.
He said he was with al-Qaida and that these bombs would go off in 90 minutes.
President Williams Powers has been notified, and officials are now evacuating all of the buildings out of an abundance of caution.
KXAN News is getting reports that North Dakota State University has also received a bomb threat prompting an evacuation Friday morning. The university released the following alert at 9:49 a.m.
“NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15 a.m. This includes residence hall students, who, if necessary, should walk to locations off campus. This also includes the downtown buildings and agricultural facilities.”