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Air Force office bombing: FBI, ATF probe possible terrorism in Oklahoma

Air Force office bombing: FBI, ATF probe possible terrorism in Oklahoma

The FBI has made an arrest in connection with a Monday night explosion at the Air Force recruiting office in Bixby.

The bomb exploded Monday night in front of the Air Force recruiting center in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby.

A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had said the blast was being treated as a possible act of domestic terrorism out of "an abundance of caution", because of its proximity to the recruiting office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed charges against Roden that include malicious damage to federal property by use of explosives, destruction of federal property, use of explosive to commit a federal felony and destruction of federal property. The law enforcement agents are reviewing the scene and collecting evidence to help determine what type of bomb was used and what the possible motive was for the crime. The FBI has not yet determined if the two criminal incidents at the respective recruiting centers are linked.

The FBI said they were aware of that witness report, but would not confirm the details. The bomb also pierced the canopy over the office.

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"That government vehicle looks attractive setting outside that office in tulsa. But it's quite ironic that that happened".

Bixby officers confirm there was an explosion at the recruiting center, but referred further questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which will be on-scene some time Tuesday morning.

The blast took place around 10.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT) in Bixby, which lies around 15 miles to the south of Tulsa.

"It's a little bit comforting that they didn't want to kill anybody", FBI Special Agent Jessi Rice said at a press conference. "Roden blamed the U.S. Air Force for preventing him from being accepted by the U.S. Marines".