Two dead in Oregon bank bombing

Dec. 13, 2008 at 2:38 PM
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WOODBURN, Ore., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A bomb technician hurt in an explosion outside a West Coast Bank branch in Woodburn, Ore., died Saturday, officials say.

An Oregon State Police spokesman said technician Bill Hakim died of injuries he suffered in Friday evening's blast, bring the death toll to two, including police Capt. Tom Tennant, CNN reported.

A hospital spokesman said Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell, who was hurt in the explosion, has been listed in critical condition since the bombing.

The three men were investigating a suspicious package in the bank when the explosion occurred. The investigation had been prompted by a bomb threat to authorities hours earlier, police said.

The (Portland) Oregonian said after evacuating the bank as a precaution Friday, police decided to move the package into the bank. When the men attempted to scan the package to determine the level of danger, it exploded.

The newspaper said a bank employee also suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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