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MSNBC: Arrest made in MLK parade bomb plot


Backpack with explosive was found in Spokane, Wash., along route

March 9, 2011- A suspect was arrested and charged Wednesday in the foiled bombing of a Martin Luther King Day parade in this city last January.

A magistrate clerk at the U.S. District Court in Spokane identified the suspect as Kevin William Harpham. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance later Wednesday.

Harpham, 36, has been a member of the National Alliance, a white supremacist group, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The group was founded by the late William Pierce, author of a race novel that is believed to have influenced Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Harpham was charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of knowingly possessing an improvised explosive device.

NBC station KHQ TV of Spokane reported that FBI vehicles earlier converged on a home about 75 miles north of Spokane.

The bomb had a remote detonator and the ability to cause mass casualties, according to officials.

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