Person of interest taken into custody after Air Force center bombing

The U.S. Air Force recruiting office in Bixby before it was damaged in an apparent explosion
The U.S. Air Force recruiting office in Bixby before it was damaged in an apparent explosion
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13 July, 2017

Authorities arrested a 28-year-old former airman Tuesday in connection with a pipe bomb that exploded close to an Air Force recruitment center in Oklahoma.

The bombing at the Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center caused significant damage to the interior of the building and blew the doors off the military office, according to a report by the Heavy.

The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

The center was closed at the time. The FBI and ATF are now investigating the incident but they have not determined if this is an act of domestic terrorism.

The amount of damage has yet to be confirmed, but Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jessi Race has said no-one was injured and the facility was closed at the time of the blast.

"Roden wanted to quit the Air Force and join the U.S. Marines, however, the U.S. Marines would not accept Roden", the arrest affidavit states. The witness said it appeared there was a "pipe bomb" inside the backpack.

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Federal investigators from several different departments responded to the explosion. The FBI has not yet determined if the two criminal incidents at the respective recruiting centers are linked.

"That government vehicle looks attractive setting outside that office in tulsa".

Davis said law enforcement now does not know what caused the explosion and does not have any information on suspects.

"It's a little bit comforting that they didn't want to kill anybody".

Benjamin Rhoden has been identified only as a "person of interest" and it is not clear if charges will be filed Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI's Oklahoma City field office at 405-290-7770.


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