Bombing Plot Foiled

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CLARKSBURG, West Virginia: Seven people with connections to a West Virginia militia group were arrested Friday and accused of plotting to blow up a new FBI fingerprinting records complex. Most of the seven are members of the West Virginia-based Mountaineer Militia. The group had targeted an almost-completed $200 million dollar FBI facility in Clarksburg that is designed to speed up fingerprint checks and provide automated criminal record-keeping for background checks.The plot was led by Floyd Raymond Looker, the commander of the Mountaineer Militia who has accused federal agents of orchestrating the Oklahoma City bombing as an excuse to crack down on the militia movement. Looker, a real estate developer who made an unsuccessful run at the state legislature in 1994, said his group has members in 37 of West Virginia's 55 counties. He would not say how many members are in the group: "You don't divulge your strength or weakness to the enemy. Currently it's Bill Clinton and the press," Looker has said. The seven were arrested on various charges, including conspiring to make bombs, transporting explosives across state lines and plotting to place explosives near the FBI fingerprint center. Terence Nelan.