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Man arrested in US recruitment center bomb plot

Last Updated: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 11:53

Baltimore: A man was arrested for plotting
to blow up a military recruitment center, authorities said.

The man was caught in a sting operation in the
Baltimore area and was plotting to blow up an Armed Forces
recruiting station with what he believed to be a vehicle bomb,
the US Attorney`s Office for Maryland said in a statement

"There was no actual danger to the public as the
explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully
monitored by law enforcement for months," the statement said.

There was no evidence the plot was linked to recent
shootings at military installations in the Washington area,
authorities said.

The man had an initial appearance scheduled in federal
court in Baltimore today afternoon. Officials did not release
his name.

There are two military recruiting offices in nearby
Catonsville - one Coast Guard office and one Air Force office.
A call to the Coast Guard office was referred to a spokesman,
who had no immediate comment. A call to the Air Force office
went unanswered.

The case appeared similar to a recent bomb plot in
Portland, Oregon. The day after Thanksgiving, a Somali-born
teenager was arrested there after using a cell phone to try to
detonate what he thought were explosives in a van, authorities
said. He thought he was going to bomb a crowded downtown
Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.


First Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 11:53

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