- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage Jewish community center is among those targeted in another wave of bomb threats around the country.

The Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska evacuated about 40 children after it received a phone call making the threat Monday afternoon. A recorded male voice announced that there was a bomb in the building and that people had 20 minutes to clear out, Rabbi Yosef Greenberg said Tuesday.

“It was sophisticated because we saw the caller ID come up with our number, as if someone is calling from within the building,” Greenberg said. “It was quite scary.”

Police arrived within minutes, and the FBI also responded, he said. No explosives were found anywhere on the premises, including in Greenberg’s car, whose alarm began blaring around the same time as the call.

The children were taken to a nearby doctor’s office to wait for their parents to pick them up, Greenberg said.

Police referred further questions to the FBI, whose Alaska regional office released a statement saying the agency is investigating similar threats across the country. The statement said the FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats on the centers.

Beside the Alaska incident, Jewish centers and day schools in 16 other states received threats Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America.

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