Ac­cused bomber may face life term

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — The Florida man ac­cused of send­ing pipe bombs to prom­i­nent crit­ics of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was in­dicted Fri­day on charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial penalty of life in prison.

The 30-count in­dict­ment against Ce­sar Sayoc was handed up in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court, where Sayoc made an ini­tial ap­pear­ance ear­lier this week af­ter he was brought to New York.

Sayoc, 56, was ar­rested Oct. 26 in Florida on five charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial sen­tence upon con­vic­tion of nearly 50 years.

Au­thor­i­ties said he sent im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices to nu­mer­ous Democrats, crit­ics of Trump and CNN.The scare height­ened ten­sions be­fore the cru­cial midterm elec­tions, but he was ar­rested within days.

Pros­e­cu­tors fol­lowed through on a prom­ise to up­grade the charges with an in­dict­ment that led with five counts al­leg­ing use of a weapon of mass destruc­tion. The doc­u­ment said he mailed 16 im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices though the U.S. mail to vic­tims across the coun­try.

None of the de­vices — some of which ar­rived at New York ad­dresses — ex­ploded.

Car bombs kill 20 in So­mali cap­i­tal

MO­GADISHU, So­ma­lia — Four car bombs by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists ex­ploded out­side a ho­tel in the cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu, Fri­day af­ter­noon, killing at least 20 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 17, said po­lice.

Af­ter the three ex­plo­sions in front of the ho­tel, a fourth blast hit as medics at­tempted to res­cue the in­jured.

The sui­cide bombs det­o­nated near the perime­ter wall of the Sa­hafi Ho­tel, which is lo­cated across the street from the So­mali Po­lice Force’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment, said Capt. Mo­hamed Hus­sein.

Some of the vic­tims were burned be­yond recog­ni­tion when one car bomb ex­ploded next to a minibus, he said.

So­mali se­cu­rity forces shot dead four gun­men who tried to storm through a hole blown into the ho­tel’s wall but did not suc­ceed in en­ter­ing, he said.

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