By Tom Vint, Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Five pipe bombs were found in rural Nebraska
Saturday, officials said, heightening worries among
on edge after similar bombs injured six people
a day earlier in Iowa and
Federal officials had described the earlier bombings as an act of
terrorism and said anti-government propaganda and notes
warning of more
"attention getters" were found nearby.
It wasn't immediately clear whether similar notes were found with
pipe bombs discovered Saturday.
Postal Service Vice President Azeezaly Jaffer confirmed Saturday
that five pipe bombs similar to those discovered Friday had
in mailboxes near the central Nebraska towns of Scotia,
Davenport and Ohiowa. He said none of those bombs
Earlier Saturday, federal authorities announced they had some
on who may have planted the pipe bombs in rural mailboxes in
and northwestern Illinois on Friday, but they didn't
know if one person
or several people were responsible.
The note left with the bombs had said more "could be delivered to
locations around the country," and postal officials in
Washington had advised
mail carriers across the country to be
The Nebraska State Patrol also issued an alert Saturday for rural
to use caution when opening their mailboxes.
In all, eight pipe bombs were found in Iowa and Illinois on
said Thomas Ahearn, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Firearms office in Chicago. Four postal workers and two
injured, but none had life-threatening injuries. One
woman remained hospitalized
in fair condition Saturday.
A map of the bombs found Friday forms a jagged circle straddling
Mississippi River and covering part of eastern Iowa and the
Saturday's pipe bombs were found about 350 miles west of there.
80 runs through both areas.
"You might find a beer can in a mailbox every once in a while
here, but not a bomb. Somebody obviously is screwed up in the
Cathy Meyer, an Ohiowa resident and former postmaster in
"This obviously is very, very troubling that someone would do
One pipe bomb was found in a roadside mailbox at a farm about a
and a half southeast of Ohiowa, about 50 miles southwest of
Nebraska State Patrol bomb technician inspected the device
at the mailbox,
then detonated it, officials said.
Another pipe bomb was found 20 miles farther west at a farm near
Village Board Chairman Don Ahrens said. Roads were closed
around the area,
and officers were directing motorists away.
In Iowa and Illinois, postal officials and local authorities said
would inspect 10,800 mailboxes in counties were bombs had been
make sure there weren't any more.
FBI (news - web sites) special agent Jim Bogner said Saturday
authorities had some promising leads, and he invited whoever was
to contact the FBI.
"We want to assure him he has our attention and we want to
what the situation is, because apparently he has some
said. "He has our attention and we want to listen
"It's a much better option to exercise than planting bombs and
people who have nothing to do with these grievances."
Postal officials said the bombs were accompanied by typewritten
in clear plastic bags that began: "Mailboxes are exploding!
Why, you ask?"
Then it said, in part:
"If the government controls what you want to do they control what
can do. ... I'm obtaining your attention in the only way I can.
is on its way. More 'attention getters' are on the way."
The note was signed, "Someone Who Cares."
Authorities still were collecting evidence at the scenes on
said Jon Petersen, a special agent with the Bureau of
"Not all the letters have been examined or analyzed," he said.
Officials described the bombs as three-quarter-inch steel pipes
to a 9-volt battery, which appeared to be triggered by being
Jon Petersen, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
Firearms, said some of the bombs went off when the mailbox was
others went off when they were moved.
Postal officials were working with the Iowa state crime lab to
a gadget similar to a fishing pole that would allow inspectors
a mailbox without having to get close to it, said Ron Jensen,
inspector from Des Moines, Iowa.
In Illinois' Carroll County, Sheriff Rod Herrick spent Saturday
opening mailboxes for worried residents. He fastened a clamp
to the mailbox
handle, tied fishing line to the clamp, then stepped
behind his car and
pulled on the line.
"It's no high-tech thing. I'm not a bomb expert," Herrick said.
I need to do something to keep the calm here."
Even though mail delivery was suspended, hundreds of postal
were scheduled to report to work Saturday at the mail
in Milan, Iowa, to sort letters and packages.
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Instead of loading delivery trucks and shouldering mail bags,
were to attend safety lectures, including training on how to