Unattended suitcase at McGill University results in Montreal police operation

Montreal police are investigating after a receiving a call about a suspicious package at McGill University. Brayden Jagger Haines/Global News

Montreal police were at the scene after reports of a suspicious package at McGill University, where several buildings were evacuated as a precaution early Tuesday.

Véronique Comtois, a spokesperson for the police department, said a call was made around 7:30 a.m. about the situation at the corner of McGill College and Sherbrooke Street.

A suitcase was located and a security perimeter was set up on the grounds of the university, according to police.

Comtois said the tactical squad deemed the suitcase not to be a threat after an analysis of it. Police are now looking into why the package was left unattended at the downtown Montreal campus.

McGill issued a tweet shortly before 11 a.m., saying the incident is all over and that the police force has given the all clear.

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The incident prompted Dawson Hall as well as the McCall MacBain Arts and Leacock buildings to be evacuated. Police said this was done as a precaution and the buildings are reopening.

Students and staff were asked to avoid the area during the police operation. The university says morning classes in affected facilities have been cancelled.

McGill says classes will resume in those buildings Tuesday afternoon.

—with files from Global News’ Travis Todd and Brayden Jagger Haines

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