Anthrax, bomb scare at Missouri University

27 February 2007: Shortly after 2:30 this morning, a “distraught” knife-wielding foreign graduate student enrolled at the University of Missouri-Rolla campus claimed to have anthrax and said he planted a bomb at the school’s civil engineering building. When the man refused to drop the knife, a university police officer shot him with a stun gun and took him into custody. At that time, police found a four-page note in which the student threatened to destroy the building, and a paper bag in which the student claimed to have anthrax. The substance was tested and later determined to be simple table sugar, but not before 23 people, including eight students, a faculty member and the emergency workers who responded to the call were quarantined.

As police searched the school for the bomb, the 5,850-student technological research and engineering campus and a nearby Catholic grade school were closed for the day due to the incident. Although the identity of the student and his country of origin was purposely withheld, criminal charges are expected to be filed by Wednesday. The Northeast Intelligence Network is closely following this incident.