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RAW Story: FBI: Bomb placed at MLK Day parade was ‘domestic terrorism’

Device capable of inflicting 'multiple casualties'

January 18, 2011- A bomb left in a backpack on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington, has been described as being in the "realm of domestic terrorism" by the FBI.

The bomb was found on bench Monday morning at the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in the city's downtown core. Spokane police were alerted to its presence before the parade -- which was attended by some 1,000 people -- got underway.

The parade was rerouted away from the site. A robot and a hazmat unit were used to defuse the device.

The FBI would not say how the bomb was made, or whether it was connected to a triggering device of any kind, but the bureau said the bomb was capable of inflicting "multiple casualties."

"You could describe it as an improvised destructive device ... or improvised explosive device," FBI special agent Frank Harrill told NBC News.

“Clearly, the timing and placement of a device -- secreted in a backpack -- with the Martin Luther King parade is not coincidental," Harrill told the Spokesman-Review. "We are doing everything humanly possible to identify the individuals or individual who constructed and placed this device."



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