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Puerto Rico investigates alleged threats against power system

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Puerto Rico investigates alleged threats against power system

San Juan, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Authorities confirmed on Monday that they are investigating an alleged terrorist threat against Puerto Rico's electrical system, which was received from New York.

Colonel Antonio Lopez Figueroa, the commissioner of the Puerto Rican Police, explained that the alleged threat received through the New York 911 emergency system on November 22 is under investigation.

The police chief informed that since that moment a security plan was established, which includes surveillance of the different facilities of Puerto Rico’s electrical network, owned by the state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), although controlled by the LUMA Energy private consortium.

Regardless of where a terrorist threat originates and who makes it, the Police Bureau responded with the seriousness it deserves to prevent any incident that threatens the stability of the system on which all citizens in Puerto Rico depend,’ the official said in writing.

LUMA Energy said that any threat to the power grid is taken seriously, so it works with federal and local authorities to address any risk to the electrical system.

The Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are leading the investigation.

The news was announced after hundreds of people protested on Sunday in front of La Fortaleza, the seat of the Executive Branch in Old San Juan, to demand the non-renewal of the Government’s contract with LUMA Energy, defended by Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi, of the annexationist New Progressive Party (NPP).

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