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2 federal buildings closed in Portland after car-bomb threat

Portland federal courthouse
U.S. Attorney's Office/file
Aftermath of nights of violence at federal courthouse in downtown Portland in late July

(Update: Details on reported car-bomb threat)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least two federal buildings in Portland have been closed and the FBI is investigating after a car-bomb threat was made, the officials said Friday.

The threat, which was received Thursday, warned of the intention to use a car bomb to target federal property in Portland, according to two law enforcement officials. A number of federal offices in the area have been closed because of the threat, the officials said. The officials could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, the FBI said in a statement.

The Portland office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court was closed because of a threat of violence in the area, according to the court’s website. Also closed was the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, which was the site of weeks of violent protests last month.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Oregon’s largest city nightly since the May police killing of George Floyd and clashed repeatedly with federal agents dispatched to protect the courthouse. A statement on the courthouse website did not say why the building had closed.

The FBI’s statement said: “If we develop information indicating a credible threat, we will notify the public.”

Protesters this week have focused their ire on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland.

People in a group of about 100 late Thursday and before dawn Friday sprayed the building with graffiti, hurled rocks and bottles at agents and shined laser lights at them, Portland police said in a statement.

Agents set off smoke or tear gas and used crowd-control munitions to try to disperse the crowd, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Three people were arrested, police said in their statement.

It wasn’t clear if that building was included in the alleged threat or if the threat was connected in any way to those protests.


FBI statement on reported threats to federal building

The FBI is aware of recent reporting regarding threats made against federal buildings in Portland. We are investigating to determine the credibility of the threat, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to share information. If we develop information indicating a credible threat, we will notify the public. As always, we encourage people to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) , to call the local FBI at 503-224-4181, or to submit information online at tips.fbi.gov

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