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Police investigate after several Alberta schools targeted in swatting incident

FILE. RCMP blocked off the scene of the crash while they investigated. Global News File

Three public schools across Edmonton — and at least one outside the city — were subjected to an international “swatting” incident Thursday, police said.

In a statement to 630 CHED, an Edmonton Police Service spokesperson confirmed the incident and said it originated internationally.

“It was not a credible threat,” the statement said.

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In a news release from Grande Prairie RCMP, police said a high school in the northern Alberta city had received phone calls from a person advising there would be a shooting.

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Police said those calls originated from the United states. Police do not believe there is any risk to students.

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“Swatting” refers to an intentional phony report to police intended to provoke the deployment of an Emergency Response Team.

Read more: The rich Canadian history of ‘swatting’

The attacks are frequently associated with the online gaming community, though motivations have ranged from pure prank to revenge to attack-for-hire.

– With files from Simon Little, Global News

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