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Bomb Threat Prompts North Dakota State University Campus Evacuation.

A bomb threat prompted North Dakota State University to order an evacuation of its Fargo campus Friday, as a similar threat spurred an evacuation order at the University of Texas, Austin, according to multiple reports.

North Dakota State posted a message on its website ordering all students and employees to evacuate the campus by 10:15 a.m. EST, according to ( . "This is an emergency message from North Dakota State University," the website message read.

It was not immediately clear if the two bomb threats, which occurred around the same time, were related, the Associated Press reported.

The University of Texas at Austin issued an alert shortly before 10 a.m. Friday on its ( Twitter account, ordering an immediate evacuation "due to threats on campus." The alert urged those on campus to immediately evacuate all buildings and "get as far away as possible."

The bomb threat reportedly was called in to the University of Texas by a man claiming to be aligned with al-Qaida. The man had a Middle Eastern accent and called the school around 8:35 a.m., according to the ( Associated Press . An evacuation of University of Texas buildings began at 9:50 a.m., although no bombs had been found as of 11:40 a.m.

The North Dakota State University police communications call center posted a message saying it would update its ( website as more information became available.
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Date:Sep 14, 2012
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