Threat against NJ mosque determined to be a hoax: police

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PATERSON, N.J.– A threat against a New Jersey mosque on Thursday was a hoax, police in Paterson said.

Someone called police about 3:45 a.m. to say he was at the Islamic Center of Passaic County, located at 152 Derrom Ave., and armed with an automatic weapon and an explosive device, police said. He threatened to use those weapons against anyone who approaches him, specifically officers.

Soon, however, police started noticing signs that it may all be fake — namely that the caller was “uneducated.”

Police and bomb squad members responded and evacuated everyone inside the mosque. A sweep of the center determined the call was, in fact, false, police said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Paterson detectives at 973-321-1120 or 973-523-TIPS.