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April 3, 2006
Faribault Discovers Bombing Plot

Details are sketchy at the moment, but police in this sleepy Minnesota town have uncovered a plot to bomb public buildings, threaten judges and prosecutors, and target the police. Two brothers are in custody as well as a large cache of arms and explosives:

Officials in Faribault, Minn., say they have uncovered what appears to be a plan to bomb public buildings and threaten judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials.

The plan came to light in a follow-up to a drug investigation when officers searched a farm last November, Rice County Sheriff Richard Cook said Monday. The county courthouse and law enforcement center were among potential targets, Cook said.

One man, Allan Weatherford, 44, was arrested Friday and made a first appearance in court today. He was charged with attempted first-degree arson, possession of explosive devices and being a felon in possession of firearms.

His brother, Mark Weatherford, 34, was jailed a week earlier for failure to appear in court on another charge.

The South Central Drug Investigation Unit said officers seized more than 50 firearms from the farm, including assault rifles, and a fuel oil and fertilizer mixture along with detonation devices.

So far nothing points to a wider organized effort to terrorize Minnesotans, but the size of the stash shows that the Weatherfords meant business. The fuel oil/fertilizer mixture debuted on the American scene in 1993 World Trade Center attack and reappeared in 1995 in Oklahoma City.

More on this as it develops ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 3, 2006 11:31 PM

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