The Government of Ecuador today rejected the proliferation of false threats of placement of explosives, in several sectors of Quito, which generated concern among the citizens.
The National Secretariat of Communication (Secom) reported that at least three false bomb threats today registered the control and security units of the city, in places with a high concentration of people.
The shopping centers Condado Shoping, in the north of the city; the South Quicentro, in the south; and the Aampetra school, located in a nearby valley east of Quito, were identified as sites where anonymous threats had been made.
“Unscrupulous persons communicated with the newspaper El Comercio, which in turn informed the corresponding authorities” about the threats, which in the end turned out to be false, the Secom added in a statement.
“It is necessary for the population to remember that false alarms constitute a crime” punishable by jail due to internal regulations and that, therefore, “this year several people have been detained,” the source added.
He also noted that state security agencies are always on alert to protect the integrity of the population and that the police “investigate these threats to find the irresponsible people who try to play with the peace of the inhabitants.”
Since a few weeks ago, false threats of explosives have proliferated, which has generated nervousness and concern among the population.
On April 19, three buildings, including a school with more than a thousand students, were evacuated in Quito on suspicion of bombing, and four days later the authorities ordered the evacuation of a university, both false threats.
On April 28, the Police conducted a controlled explosion in a car in the Ecuadorian city of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, in the province of the same name, before the threat of the possible existence of a bomb.
Also on May 16, half a thousand people were evacuated from one of the main hotels in the Ecuadorian capital, due to an explosive threat, which turn. (I)