ATTLEBORO – On Saturday, Oct. 15, at about 8:30 a.m., Congregation Agudas Achim in Attleboro was alerted by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island that multiple synagogues had received bomb threats via email. The staff of Congregation Agudas Achim responded by checking the synagogue’s email, where they found a bomb threat and promptly notified police.
According to CBS News, the emailed bomb threat said, “”The bombs will blow up in a few hours. A lot of people will die. You all deserve to die.”
By 9:40 a.m., the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad responded, conducting thorough sweeps of the synagogue’s premises. By about 11:30 a.m., no threats were found, and the scene was cleared.
Amidst these threats, Israel has cautioned that Hamas is urging its global supporters to declare a “Day of Rage” on Friday, targeting Israelis and Jews.
A preliminary investigation by Attleboro police determined that the email originated from an anonymous sender, and was similar in content to threats received by other Jewish establishments in New England on Friday and Saturday. State Police say that all of the threats were deemed non-credible.
During the threat evaluation, the nearby Evangelical Covenant Church opened its doors to the Agudas Achim congregation.
“Meanwhile, the church across the street opened their building for us and we began our service there. Once the threat was cleared, we returned to our building. We are grateful for the help and support of the Attleboro Police Department, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Evangelical Covenant Church,” said Molly Jacobs, the president of the Board of Trustees at Congregation Agudas-Achim.
Officials continue to encourage the public to stay vigilant and promptly report any unusual activities to the State Police or by dialing 911.