PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 9, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has described as a “hoax” a caller claiming to have planted bombs at several locations across the country on Friday.
The police said that the caller, who claimed to be a member of gang, said bombs had been planted at the Arima Magistrate’s Court, east of here, the Mount Hope Medical hospital along the east-west corridor and an information technology store in Central Trinidad.
“Due diligence was followed and police and emergency response teams have since investigated the threat at all three locations, they found nothing. Normal activities resumed at all locations,” the police said in a statement.
Police said they were urging people “to refrain from actions which can cause anxiety among the population and that it is a criminal offence to make a false report to the police”.
They said under the Anti-Terrorism Act, a person commits an offence if he/she communicates any information known to be false with the intention “of inducing in a belief that a noxious thing or a lethal device or weapon of mass destruction is likely to be present”.
“A person convicted of an offence under this section is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life,” the police statement warned.
A few years ago, Trinidad and Tobago was rocked by a number of explosives planted in and around the capital.