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Fear in US state over armed woman 20 years after Columbine massacre

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Nearly two decades after the infamous massacre, officials in the US state of were on alert Tuesday after learning of threats from a woman police say is "armed and considered to be extremely dangerous."

The FBI and local police identified the suspect as Sol Pais, 18, and more than 20 schools in the metropolitan area increased security measures following reports of the threat.

"Due to a credible threat to schools by an individual identified by the FBI, the recommends all schools in the metro area conduct a lockout and controlled release immediately," the Department of said.

The sheriff's office said on their accounts that Pais "traveled to and made threats in the metropolitan area. She is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous."

The postings included two photos of the suspect, described by the FBI as "a white female... approximately 5'5" in height, with brown hair."

Pais is "obsessed" with the April 20, 1999 massacre in in Littleton, a suburb of Denver, when and shot dead 12 fellow students and a before killing themselves, the reported.

The sheriff's department said that the students were safe and that security had increased at the area schools, but said little about Pais.

"Because this is an active and ongoing investigation we cannot release further info about where is from, how long she has been here & the nature of the threat. That could compromise the investigation," the sheriff's department tweeted.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 07:30 IST