Man arrested in US recruitment center bomb plot
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 09, 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 yesterday.

"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 09, 2010, 11:53

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