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Date of Incident: April 26, 2023

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Multiple Institutions

Region & Country:Central Asia | Kyrgyzstan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 26, 2023, 28 educational institutions in Bishkek, including Kyrgyz National University, American University of Central Asia, and Bishkek Humanitarian University were temporarily closed after receiving bomb threats.

On the morning of April 26, bomb threats were emailed to the 28 schools and universities. According to the police, the emails are believed to have been sent from users in Ukraine and Russia. The incident marked the third time that month education institutions had received bomb threats.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about threats aimed at intimidating the high education community and disrupting classes and campus life. Such actions undermine academic freedom and university autonomy. State and university authorities should take reasonable steps to respond to and prevent such attacks, including by investigating and holding perpetrators accountable.