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ABC News: MLK Parade Pipe Bomb: Race Connection 'Inescapable', FBI Says

Parade Rerouted After Workers Discovered Backpack With Explosives in Spokane, Wash.; Suspects 'Armed and Dangerous', FBI Says

January 19, 2011- Federal investigators are looking at race as a possible motive in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash., as they hunt "armed and dangerous" suspects

"I think the connection is virtually inescapable... that the device was planted and left there to target the marchers or bystanders," Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the FBI's Spokane office, said late Tuesday.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 15 different "hate groups" operate in Washington state and six others just over the border in Idaho -- including the white supremacist group Aryan Nations. The FBI said the men or women responsible are being considered "armed and dangerous."

Whatever the motive, Spokane mayor Mary Verner said the attempted bombing was "unacceptable."



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