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Bomb Scare at N.C. Abortion Clinics

October 3, 1998

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Explosive devices were found Saturday outside two abortion clinics previously targeted by arsonists.

A device consisting of several sticks of dynamite, a detonator and a timer was found near the front door of the Carolina Women’s Clinic in the morning, sheriff’s officials said.

About three miles away, an explosive device was discovered outside the Hallmark Women’s Clinic. Police refused to release additional details about the device.

``These devices were serious bombs,″ said Jeff Roehm, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. ``These very easily could’ve caused serious injury.″

Authorities defused both devices and there were no injuries.

No one was arrested.

On Sept. 8, an intentionally set fire caused about $3,000 in damage to the Carolina Women’s Clinic. That same morning, someone hurled a firebomb onto the roof of the Hallmark Women’s Clinic, causing interior smoke and water damage.

``When you look at the circumstances, it’s certainly not too far of a conclusion to think these incidents are related,″ Roehm said.

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