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Person believed responsible for Ontario bomb threats arrested in Morocco, police say

A vacant Thunder Bay school is shown after the French Catholic school board in northwestern Ontario has closed schools following one of the bomb threats. (Marc Doucette/CBC - image credit)
A vacant Thunder Bay school is shown after the French Catholic school board in northwestern Ontario has closed schools following one of the bomb threats. (Marc Doucette/CBC - image credit)

A person suspected in a rash of bomb threats across Ontario early this month has been arrested in Morocco.

Belgian police arrested the individual in connection with another series of bomb threats in Belgium earlier this week, according to a Thursday afternoon news release from Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

On Nov. 1, multiple schools across northern and eastern Ontario were closed and evacuated in response to bomb threats.

At the time, OPP's acting manager of media relations Bill Dickson said the threats were sent electronically to multiple Ontario school boards demanding money.

Dickson said investigators found no reason to believe the threats were legitimate, but many of the affected schools and facilities closed as a precaution.

In the Ottawa area, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien sent a letter to parents informing them staff and students in the board's schools had been directed to places of shelter.

OPP said Thursday it will work closely with Belgian police but cannot speculate "when or if" the individual who was arrested will face charges in Canada.