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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Making Bombs in Brooklyn

In the New York post there is an article on the discovery of a bomb making operation in a Columbia University Professor’s Brooklyn apartment. Seven pipe bombs with fuses and bomb-making equipment was found in the apartment along with a shotgun, rifle, 9-mm. handgun, two ammunition magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, silencers, a bulletproof vest and a crossbow. Columbia Prof. Michael Clatts lived at the apartment and are being investigated for terrorist ties and motives for the stockpile of weapons. Quotes from the article:
Ivaylo Ivanov, the man living with Clatts, accidentally shot off the tip of his left index finger and sought police help in the street about 1:15 a.m.
When investigators went to the 37-year-old Ivanov's apartment, they found the bombs, already capped on both ends and filled with powder. One of the pipe bombs was inserted into a Nerf football, cops said.
Investigators with the NYPD-FBI were questioning Ivanov, a native of Bulgaria, to determine whether he had any terrorism or Russian Mafia connections, a source told the Daily News.
"Russian Mafia aren't fazed by getting a fingertip shot off - and they certainly don't go to the cops for help," the source said.
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