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Governor offers $5,000 reward in Montgomery bombing

On Saturday, February 24, at approximately 3:42 a.m., an explosive device was detonated near the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Bainbridge Street, outside of the Alabama Attorney General's Office in downtown Montgomery. On Monday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced that she is posting a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the bomber.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Mobile and the Alabama AG's Office, are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a person of interest that may have information related to this crime. If you recognize or have any information concerning this individual, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit information online at: http://www.fbi.govalabamaagexplosion.

No injuries or damage to nearby buildings were reported in this attack.

There is video of a person of interest in this case.

.Special agents with ALEA's State Bureau of Investigation received notification of a suspicious package at approximately 8:19 a.m., on February 26 and immediately responded to the scene and deemed the area safe. The suspicious package was confirmed as the device which was detonated on February 24.

That there was a second device shows 1) that the first attack was not an isolated incident 2) that the bomber was still in the area as recently as last week so probably still is in the area and 3) is not through with whatever terror campaign he is engaged in.

Troopers assigned to ALEA's Protective Services Division and special agents assigned to ALEA's Hazardous Device Unit, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and officers from the Montgomery Police Department, also responded to the scene to assist.

No information about the devices themselves – it's construction, the explosives used, the detonators, the degree of or lack of sophistication, etc. have been released at this time.

Alabama has a sad history with mad bombers – most notably the assassination of Federal Judge Robert Vance and the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. This person should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information please contact the authorities as soon as possible.

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