The Straits Times
Published on Mar 19, 2013

US university says bomb attack plotter found dead


MIAMI (AFP) - US police said they had likely foiled a bomb and gun attack at a Florida university, after an early morning incident that saw the mastermind of the plot apparently take his own life.

The drama began when campus police at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando responded to a fire alarm call at around 12.20am local time on Monday, after which a 911 call was made regarding a man with a gun.

"It could have been a bad day for everybody here," said UCF police chief Richard Beary in a statement. "All things considered, I think we were very blessed."

The would-be perpetrator was 30-year-old James Seevakumaran, the university said, noting that he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.