Islamic Center of Murfreesboro receives bomb threat
MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro Police and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating a bomb threat at the local Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans said Imam Ossama Bahloul contacted MPD dispatch around 1:30 p.m. today to report a threatening voicemail that was left on an ICM answering machine around 1 a.m. Monday.
“Officers responded to the center and made contact with (Bahloul), who advised that an unknown suspect left a voicemail message threatening to place a bomb inside the building on Sept. 11,” Evans said. “The message also included extreme profanity and derogatory remarks toward the Muslim religion.”
Evans said Homeland Security Special Agent James Cotter is also investigating “on the state and federal level.”
MPD had not searched the ICM for explosive devices as of today as the threat was “to place it there at a future point,” Evans said, adding no one at the ICM reported finding anything suspicious inside the building.
Evans said MPD “takes all threats seriously and will investigate it as well as add extra patrol through and beyond Sept. 11.”
He refused to go into specifics about MPD’s investigation, though it is likely MPD will contact the telephone company to request call records as a first step of its investigation.
However, because phone calls can be made using fabricated numbers via many websites, it could be difficult to trace the actual caller.
— Mark Bell, 615-278-5153
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