By Kevin O'Hanlon, Associated Press Writer
OHIOWA, Neb. (AP) - A sixth pipe bomb was found in a Nebraska
this time in a residential neighborhood, taking to 14 the
of mailbox bombs discovered across the Midwest since
An anti-government note found with the bombs warned of more
getters," and federal authorities described the apparently
placements as an act of domestic terrorism.
No arrests had been made in the case by Sunday morning.
"We're still trying to get this thing put together. We are
investigating," said FBI (news - web sites) spokesman
Pete Sakaris in Omaha.
Among the six people injured when bombs exploded Friday in rural
of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois, only a 61-year-old
hospitalized Sunday. Doris Zimmerman, who lives near
Anamosa, Iowa, was
listed in fair condition.
The other two bombs found Friday in Iowa and the six found
in Nebraska didn't go off, even though at least two of the
been picked up or moved by people reaching for their
mail. Five were in
rural roadside boxes; the sixth was in a mailbox
in a residential neighborhood
Gorlyn Nun said he saw a metal pipe, 9-volt battery and plastic
in his mailbox near Ohiowa, but simply moved it out of the way.
learned about the other pipe bombs and called authorities,
"I think this is just kind of a random thing," Nun said. "I don't
threatened or unsafe. We just happened to end up in this guy's
While authorities continued to search Sunday for the person or
responsible for the pipe bombs, Postal Service officials were
whether mail delivery to roadside boxes in the areas
would resume on Monday
or remain suspended, spokesman Richard Watkins
Watkins said there were no warnings and nothing to indicate that
was planting the bombs had a grievance against the agency.
"If there is something on file, we'll find it, but that's part of
ongoing investigation," Watkins said.
The FBI issued a message Saturday urging the bomber to stop and
"You have gotten our attention. We are not certain we understand
message. We would like to hear from you. We are listening," said
Dun, assistant special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Omaha
"You do not need to send any more attention getters," he said.
Clint Van Zandt, a retired FBI profiler who leading the team
with identifying the Unabomber, said the use of the term
in the note may indicate the writer is older.
Other aspects indicate the
writer may have mental health problems, is
probably a man and likely is
working either alone or with a few close
confidants, he said.
That the bombs were planted overnight indicates they likely were
targeted at rural residents but rather at the mail carriers, Van
"It's his believe we wouldn't go to the mailbox until the mailman
there," he said. "His target is either the post office itself or
as representatives of the government."
Postal officials said the bombs that were found Friday were
by typewritten notes 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."
It was signed, "Someone Who Cares."
Officials described the bombs as three-quarter-inch steel pipes
to a 9-volt battery, which appeared to be triggered by being
The FBI and U.S. Postal Service both urged residents and mail
to use caution when opening mailboxes and to report anything
"We are asking postal patrons to keep their mailboxes open. We
recommend they tape it open," said Rick Bowdren,
the Midwest division of the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service. "That way the
carrier making a delivery can look
in and patrons can look in and that
anxiety factor will be
Nebraska mail carrier Lyle Bartels said he was worried about
to his largely rural route. Two of the pipe bombs were in
"I'm just going to try to look the boxes over a little bit before
open them," said Bartels, of Ohiowa. "It's kind of scary."