FBI: Minnesota raid disrupts planned terror attack; police say suspect has militia ties

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI says it has foiled a terrorist attack being planned in a small Minnesota town, and it believes "the lives of several local residents were potentially saved."

An agency spokesman says a search of a mobile home in Montevideo (mont-uh-VIHD'-ee-oh) uncovered a cache of explosives and weapons, leading to the arrest of Buford Rogers.

The FBI is offering no details about the targets of the attack or a motive. But police in the town say a homemade sign in front of the mobile home where the 24-year-old lived bore the letters "BSM," a reference to a local anti-government group called the Black Snake Militia started by Rogers' family.

Rogers' father tells KMSP-TV that the guns in the home were his and his son doesn't own any guns.

The younger Rogers made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in St. Paul Monday on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Montevideo is a city of around 5,000 people about 130 miles west of Minneapolis.

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272-a-21-(Amy Forliti (fohr-LIH'-tee), AP correspondent)-"they have thwarted"-AP correspondent Amy Forliti reports a 24-year-old Minnesota man will remain in custody after a search of his home turned up Molotov cocktails and suspected pipe bombs. (6 May 2013)

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273-a-11-(Amy Forliti (fohr-LIH'-tee), AP correspondent)-"may have been"-AP correspondent Amy Forliti reports authorities seem to think targets of the alleged plot were local to western Minnesota. ((Watch for dating as more information is released)) (6 May 2013)

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274-a-13-(Amy Forliti (fohr-LIH'-tee), AP correspondent)-"charge against him"-AP correspondent Amy Forliti reports Judge Tony Leung ordered pipe bomb plot suspect Buford Rogers held, pending a detention hearing on Wednesday. (6 May 2013)

<<CUT *274 (05/06/13)>> 00:13 "charge against him"

275-a-21-(Amy Forliti (fohr-LIH'-tee), AP correspondent)-"I don't know"-AP correspondent Amy Forliti reports the suspect, Buford Rogers, appeared in his street clothes and answered "yes sir" and "no sir" to questions from the judge. (6 May 2013)

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232-a-06-(Kyle Loven (LOH-vehn), chief division counsel, FBI Minnesota, in AP interview)-"of the suspect"-FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says agents executing a search warrent discovered Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms in suspect Buford Roger's mobile home. (6 May 2013)

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233-a-10-(Kyle Loven (LOH-vehn), chief division counsel, FBI Minnesota, in AP interview)-"the Montevideo area"-FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says they can't elaborate about the nature of the alleged plot but they think the targets were in western Minnesota. (6 May 2013)

<<CUT *233 (05/06/13)>> 00:10 "the Montevideo area"

234-a-11-(Kyle Loven (LOH-vehn), chief division counsel, FBI Minnesota, in AP interview)-"a tragic situation"-FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says the FBI believes the raid in Montevideo, Minnesota prevented a potential terror attack. (6 May 2013)

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APPHOTO CER104: This photo provided by the Chippewa County, Minn., Sheriff shows Buford Rogers who was arrested Friday, May 3, 2013, during a raid on a mobile home in Montevideo, Minn. Authorities said Monday, May 6, that Rogers is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and the agency believes is disrupted a potential terror attack after a search of the home turned up Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. (AP Photo/Montevideo American-News, Jeremy Jones) MANDATORY CREDIT (6 May 2013)

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APPHOTO MNWIL101: This photo shows the Northdale Park trailer home of Jeff and Margaret Rogers, parents of Buford Rogers, on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Montevideo, Minn. FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorist attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack — or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home. The FBI said "the lives of several local residents were potentially saved" with the arrest of Buford Rogers. (AP Photo/The West Central Tribune, Tom Cherveny) (6 May 2013)

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APPHOTO CER106: This May 3, 2013, photo provided by Jeremy Jones shows authorities with Buford Rogers, right, during a raid on a mobile home in Montevideo, Minn. Authorities said Monday, May 6, that Rogers was arrested, charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and that the agency believes is disrupted a potential terror attack after a search of the home turned up Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. (AP Photo/Montevideo American-News, Jeremy Jones) MANDATORY CREDIT (3 May 2013)

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