The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is asking for the public’s help as investigators try to find who is initiating over the past month.
David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said the safety of students, staff and faculty at Pitt is “a top priority” and investigators are working aggressively to stop the multiple bomb threats that are becoming a daily occurrence.
He said the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Pitt police are “actively pursuing the source or sources of (the) threats,” but he would not expand on any leads investigators might have. The campus in Oakland has received at least 16 bomb threats since Feb. 13 in multiple buildings on campus, many of which have been located at the Cathedral of Learning.
"While the disruption and fear engendered by such threats is unconscionable, we commend the resilience of the University community,” Hickton said in a press release Friday.
“The University of Pittsburgh is exercising appropriate regard for safety, through its notification system and through evacuations when threats are received and evaluated, while refusing to allow such threats to paralyze the entire University community in its pursuit of learning and teaching.”
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the first threats were scrawled on walls or on paper towels in bathrooms. But more recently, some newspaper reporters have been receiving the threats via e-mail, according to the Post-Gazette.
"We cannot comment upon the specifics of the investigation, but we will continue to work cooperatively and aggressively in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and the FBI to investigate this criminal activity and to enforce the law,” Hickton said.
He asked anyone with information about the bomb threats to contact the FBI in Pittsburgh at 412-432-4000.