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Woman Carrying Bombs Injured in Explosion

October 14, 1994

SEATTLE (AP) _ An 18-year-old woman carrying at least three small bombs outside the city’s federal building Thursday was seriously injured when one of them exploded.

The woman, identified by authorities as Alison Frink, lost her right hand and suffered injuries to her left hand and face, said Larry Zalin, a spokesman at Harborview Medical Center, where she underwent surgery and was in satisfactory condition Thursday night.

″It appears the injury was self-inflicted,″ said Jim Provencher of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which was investigating the 11 a.m. explosion.

Prior to the blast, Frink had been acting strangely, ″kind of babbling, if you will,″ said Chris Nelson, ATF special agent in charge of the investigation.

It was unclear whether Frink set off the device intentionally or accidentally.

No one else was injured and there was no damage to the 35-story downtown building, which houses federal offices, including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and ATF.

″It appears to be an isolated incident. There’s no early indication of any intended target,″ Provencher said.

Two small explosive devices were found in Frink’s clothes when she arrived at the emergency room, Zalin said. The Fire Department and bomb squad were called in and the devices were safely removed.

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