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University of Iowa releases statement after student charged with terrorism threat

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Soliman Altamimi, 25, is charged with threat of terrorism after he threatened to bring a gun to a graduation ceremony.

According to court documents, Altamimi went to the International Programs Office in the UCC and asked whether he could deliver a speech during commencement. 

When staff members told him no, he replied, "I will bring a gun to the final ceremony."

Court documents indicate he made a similar statement Nov. 11, 2016.

That time, he said he would bring a gun to the office and shoot international students.

The University of Iowa released a statement following the arrest: 

"This type of threat is very uncommon at the University of Iowa, and UI officials are committed to maintaining a safe campus for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The safety of UI students and their families during spring 2017 commencement ceremonies is a priority. In the interest of safety for everyone involved, we will not share the details of the security procedures put in place. The UI encourages students and their families to attend and enjoy spring commencement ceremonies." - Anne Bassett, Office of Strategic Communication at the University of Iowa

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