On the Corpus Christi holiday on May 26th, a man called police claiming something would happen at Trincity Mall, prompting officers to carry out a search exercise. Police later arrested someone and he was subsequently released without charge.
Since then, there have been at least four incidents threatening schools: a voice note claimed that schools would be attacked, a cigarette lighter in the shape of a hand grenade was found outside the Point Fortin RC School earlier this week, a bomb threat was called in at the University of the West Indies on Wednesday and on Thursday, the Marabella North Secondary School was evacuated following a bomb scare
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young, condemned those making such threats.
"This is very irresponsible, mischievous, wrong behaviour on behalf of those who would participate in those attempts... The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs has put out now to make it very, very clear that such calls by persons are in breach of the Anti Terrorism Act. If sufficient evidence is found with respect to persons making those calls, they will be prosecuted with the full brunt of the law. There is no doubt about that. It is extremely irresponsible behaviour on persons setting about doing that."
Minister Young urged citizens to remain alert and report any suspicious activities but more than that, he asked for the entire population to speak out against such actions.
He added: "It brings to the fore once again the need for proper intelligence gathering and perhaps interception of communications with respect to these calls as they come in so we will be able to successfully gather the evidence for successful prosecution."
Minister Young said they are hoping for a breakthrough in the Trincity Mall matter very soon.