Anti-US arsonists hit recruiting office

Oct. 14, 2002 at 7:07 PM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- An anonymous caller to a San Jose television station took credit for a pre-dawn fire at a military recruiting office Monday, cryptically referring to the blaze as a "pre-emptive strike."

Fire crews arriving at the facility on McKee Road shortly after 4 a.m. PDT found two government-owned vehicles parked in the rear engulfed in flames. They also discovered broken glass doors and the words "Preemptive Strike" written on the front walls in red paint, an apparent reference to the possibility the United States could launch a military attack on Iraq aimed at squelching the development of weapons of mass destruction by Baghdad.

"The graffiti is certainly an indication of the motive," Marty McKee, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms told reporters at the scene.

At about the same time the fire was reported, the news desk at San Jose television station KNTV received a call from an unidentified male who stated, "At 4 o'clock this morning, we have taken a pre-emptive strike against a military recruiting office here on McKee."

The station reported that the caller did not claim affiliation with any political group and did not have a detectable accent.

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