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A woman with a baby and a gun interrupts church services with bomb threats

The incident occurred as law enforcement and the house of worship was on the rise after deadly Easter Sunday bombings in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. The San Diego police arrived within two minutes of the first call and detained the woman, the department said in a statement. The woman, in the late 20th or early 30s, entered the auditorium of Mt. Everest Academy around noon, said San Diego police officer Dino Delimitros. The Church of Tsidkenu, a non-religious church, rents Mt. Everest for church services. The woman walked into the auditorium and waved the gun while she "threatened that she would blow up the church," police said. "She said things that were kind delusional. I was more worried about getting my family out there," said Church Ronald Farmer. Churchgoers could take the child from the women's arms and whip the gun from her hands before she got on the ground, Delmitros said. A bombing dog found nothing in a garbage of the building and the suspicious car, police said. The police said her gun was not loaded. The authorities later found the woman's 5-year-old daughter "healthy and unhappy", the police said. The two children are protected. Earlier Sunday, San Diego police chief David Nisleit announced that the department strengthened patrols while monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. "At this point there is nothing to indicate a connection to San Diego. But in an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols in the house of worship," Nisleit said…

The incident occurred as law enforcement and the house of worship was on the rise after deadly Easter Sunday bombings in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

The San Diego police arrived within two minutes of the first call and detained the woman, the department said in a statement.

The woman, in the late 20th or early 30s, entered the auditorium of Mt. Everest Academy around noon, said San Diego police officer Dino Delimitros.

The Church of Tsidkenu, a non-religious church, rents Mt. Everest for church services.

The woman walked into the auditorium and waved the gun while she “threatened that she would blow up the church,” police said.

“She said things that were kind delusional. I was more worried about getting my family out there,” said Church Ronald Farmer.

Churchgoers could take the child from the women’s arms and whip the gun from her hands before she got on the ground, Delmitros said.

A bombing dog found nothing in a garbage of the building and the suspicious car, police said. The police said her gun was not loaded.

The authorities later found the woman’s 5-year-old daughter “healthy and unhappy”, the police said. The two children are protected.

Earlier Sunday, San Diego police chief David Nisleit announced that the department strengthened patrols while monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka.

“At this point there is nothing to indicate a connection to San Diego. But in an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols in the house of worship,” Nisleit said on Twitter.

More than 200 people were killed in coordinated bombing attacks in Sri Lanka.

Although it is not clear who is behind the eight explosions that forced 21

million people into locks, they are “really terrorist acts,” said Manisha Gunasekera, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner for the United Kingdom.


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