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FBI: Pipe-Bomb Suspect Confessed

May 8, 2002

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RENO, Nev. (AP) _ The FBI said Wednesday that 21-year-old college student Luke Helder had confessed to planting 18 pipe bombs in rural mailboxes in five states. Six people were injured in the spree.

Using a map, Helder pointed to towns where he placed eight bombs in Illinois and Iowa on Friday, FBI agent Mark Heavrin said in an affidavit.

Helder also described placing other bombs in Nebraska, Colorado and Texas during the weekend and admitted he made 16 more bombs in a room at a Nebraska motel near Omaha, Heavrin said.

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