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ISIS-inspired Utah teen tried to blow up high school, police say

ISIS-inspired Utah teen tried to blow up high school, police say”

The unidentified teen was arrested at St. George, Utah, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the bomb squad were called to the Pine View High School to investigate an explosive device left inside the premises that "had the potential to cause significant injury or death".

"That student found a teacher and reported the observations to the teacher who then contacted the school resource officer that was on duty in the school", said St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles in a press conference.

The suspect was arrested after the school was evacuated and authorities, including the bomb squad and FBI, investigated.

Officers found that the male "had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization", the department said. They described the homemade bomb as having enough potential to cause serious injury or death.

Police say a student accused of leaving a homemade explosive device at a southwest Utah high school Monday was interested in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reports CBS affiliate KUTV.

The backpack was left in the cafeteria of the high school during lunch where some students noticed it smoking.

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An ISIS-inspired Utah teen has been arrested after bringing a homemade bomb to his high school and attempting to detonate it, police said. No one was hurt and no property was damaged at the school. The student saw the suspicious backpack in one of the school's common areas around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

'A warrant was served on the residence of that juvenile and items were located that were consistent with the material used to build the device placed at Pine View, ' police said.

Thanks to school officials and local law enforcement for acting quickly to stop this young man. The investigators believed the student meant to write "ISIS is coming", but ran out of time. "Their immediate action played a large role in this incident ending with no injuries", the St. George Police Department said.

On Tuesday, police confirmed the teen is connected to the earlier incident at Hurricane High. The Washington County School District said he has been in the program for a year and a half now.

KUTV reports the suspect lives in neighboring Hurricane and allegedly confessed to an incident at a high school there February 15 in which the school was vandalized with graffiti that referenced ISIS, and an American flag was stolen and an ISIS flag was raised in its place. Authorities initially thought the graffiti and flag at the school were pranks...



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