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Bomb threats in Artesia Thursday part of widespread issue

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The bomb threats received in Artesia, Roswell, Lovington, and other communities in New Mexico Thursday were part of a larger issue experienced nationwide.

Artesia received its first emailed bomb threat around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Artesia General Hospital, prompting the facility to go on a lockdown that last approximately an hour.

The email demanded the electronic transfer of Bitcoin funds and stated an explosive device would be detonated if those funds were not received.

The threat was determined not to be credible, but standard procedures were followed by law enforcement to ensure the safety of the hospital and the public.

Two emailed threats in total were received at AGH, and around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Artesia Police Department officers were also dispatched to Verizon Wireless in reference to the receipt of a similar threat.

The emails were received at hospitals, schools, government entities, and businesses across the U.S., and the FBI is currently investigating the incident.

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