- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2002

OHIOWA, Neb. (AP) Rural carriers planned to deliver mail as usual today despite the discovery of six mailbox pipe bombs in Nebraska that brought to 14 the total number of the weapons found across the Midwest in recent days, authorities said yesterday.
No arrests had been made in the case yesterday, as officials renewed pleas that whoever planted the bombs contact them and make their grievances clear.
"I hope whoever is responsible would respond," said Thayer County Sheriff's Sgt. David Lee, whose department received a call on one bomb found in a rural mailbox near Davenport on Saturday.
Six persons were injured by explosions in Illinois and Iowa on Friday. None of the six bombs found Saturday in rural areas of Nebraska went off. Each was later detonated harmlessly by authorities.
An anti-government note found with the bombs warned of more "attention getters," and federal authorities described the bombs as an act of domestic terrorism.
"We're still trying to get this thing put together. We are aggressively investigating," said FBI spokesman Pete Sakaris in Omaha.
Among the six injured Friday, only a 61-year-old woman remained hospitalized yesterday. Doris Zimmerman, who lives near Anamosa, Iowa, was listed in fair condition.
No widespread inspections of rural Nebraska mailboxes were planned, and rural carriers intended to deliver mail as usual today, said Dave Margritz, a postal inspector in Omaha.
Rural carriers will be on heightened alert, Mr. Margritz said yesterday.
Mail carrier Lyle Bartels of Ohiowa said he'll be cautious when he returns to his route. Two of the pipe bombs found Saturday were in his delivery area.
"I'm just going to try to look the boxes over a little bit before I open them," Mr. Bartels said. "It's kind of scary."
No decision had been made on deliveries in Iowa by yesterday afternoon, said Richard Watkins, a Postal Service spokesman in Des Moines.
The "Postal Service is working with regional offices and local folks to determine what the next step should be," Mr. Watkins said.
In Illinois, Carroll County Sheriff Rod Herrick said yesterday that most residents seemed to have gotten over their shock, although some people were asking him to use fishing line to remotely open their mailboxes as a precaution.
One mail carrier injured by a bomb even took his wife to dinner later Friday night "to celebrate his survival," Mr. Herrick said.
Postal officials said the bombs found Friday were accompanied by typewritten notes in clear plastic bags that said, in part:
"If the government controls what you want to do, they control what you can do I'm obtaining your attention in the only way I can. More info is on its way. More 'attention getters' are on the way."
Officials described the bombs as three-quarter-inch steel pipes attached to a 9-volt battery. The bombs appeared to be triggered by being touched or moved.


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