Schools receive third bomb threat in a month

County schools received another generic bomb threat by email on Monday, believed to be connected to the international cyber terror group Apophis Squad that was identified as the source of earlier threats.

The email, titled “Staff Notice (APS),” stated that “three PVC pipe bombs placed under school transport will explode” and someone would “set off the main pipe bomb hidden in the school” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The threat demanded $5,000.

The email came from an account spoofed to look like it was sent by Lynne Owen, the director general of the National Crime Agency in London.

The threat is the third Calaveras County schools have received in the past month.

Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik said Monday officials have a “good feeling” the threat came from Apophis Squad, a Russia-based organization connected to two other bomb threats sent to local schools in April.

The same emails were sent to the Calaveras County

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