Re: A picture at last
I hate to say this, but I'm afraid the police got it right this time. At least, looking at the picture, it looks like a hoax bomb.
Of course, it also looks like a clock. And it is a clock. But can it also be a hoax bomb?
It's definitely not a time bomb. A time bomb is an explosive with a clock to set it off. Since there's no explosive, it's not a time bomb. But the police never claimed it was a time bomb, they claimed it was a hoax bomb. And a hoax bomb doesn't require an explosive. Or to be more accurate, the mere presence of an explosive would disqualify it as a hoax bomb, it would have been a time bomb.
So the police is right, it looks like a hoax bomb. To be more precisely, it looks like a digital clock and that's exactly what a hoax bomb looks like.
However, does that make it a hoax bomb? In my opinion no.
According to Cambridge English Dictionary: a hoax is a plan to deceive someone, such as telling the police there is a bomb somewhere when there is not one.
So for it to not be a clock, but a hoax bomb, Ahmad would have be running around in the school shouting "Bomb Bomb". But probably "Die all you infidels" would also qualify.
I don't know whether he did that, we can't ascertain looking at the picture. But since there are no reports he did, we must assume he didn't.
There fore, the object in the picture looks like a clock and is a clock.
It also looks like a hoax bomb, but it is not a hoax bomb.
Glad I was able to clear that up for you.