British Female Journalists Receive Bomb Threats Via Twitter

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British police have launched an investigation after several female British journalists received bomb threats on Wednesday evening. TIME’s Europe editor Catherine Mayer, Hadley Freeman, a columnist for the Guardian newspaper, and Grace Dent, a columnist for the Independent newspaper, all received identical tweets from an anonymous user or users whose Twitter handle contained a mix of letters and numbers. It appears the account has either been suspended or deleted. The threats follow threats of violence directed at other British women via their Twitter accounts.

Dent posted a screen grab of the tweet, which read:

“A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10.47PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING.”

Several other women were also targeted with the same threat: Sara Lang, a social media manager at the American Association of Retired Persons in Washington (Lang appears to be the only non-British-based woman targeted); Katie Hartwill, an…

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