Bomb Threat Against Muslim Students Leads to Building Evacuation at Concordia University

The arrest follows the receipt by Concordia and McGill universities as well as several Montreal newsrooms of emailed threats targeting Muslim students and threatening bombs would be set off at Concordia.

The author of the letter said a bomb would be detonated each day from Wed., Mar. 1 through to Fri., Mar. 3 at 2 p.m.in two of the three buildings that were evacuated unless Muslim activities were banned at the school.

A copy of the letter sent to French-language newspaper La Presse was written in French and authored by a "coordinator" for the "Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada". According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is a USA based white supremacist group founded in 1985 as a by-product of the White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s that fought school desegregation.

Details alluded to bombs being set off at "the engineering, computer science and visual arts integrated (EV) and Hall buildings".

Approximately 30 people were also evacuated during the operation.

The group claiming responsibility for the threat calls itself the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada or C4.

"The suspect [C4] sent by email that he put some explosive items inside a few places inside the buildings", Montreal police Constable Benoit Boisselle told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Until Concordia University stops religious activities of all kinds on campus, we decide the following action to show how far we are ready to go to fight Muslims", the group vowed.

"We realized it early this morning, about the same time you did because it was sent all around", said Shepard, referring to the letters sent to multiple media outlets.

"I am shocked and surprised", Shepard said.

Shepard said he spoke to the head of the student Muslim association soon after learning of the letter.

"We have a very open university with students from 150 nations".

  • Leroy Wright