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FBI arrests embassy-bombing suspect at JWA

October 14, 2001

A 41-year-old Baldwin Park man, believed to have been involved in the

attempted bombing of the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand earlier this

year, was arrested by FBI officials at John Wayne International Airport

late Friday night, officials said.

Vo Van Duc was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of using weapons of

mass destruction after he got off an Alaska Airlines flight about 9 p.m.,

according to a statement released by FBI spokeswoman Cheryl Mimura in Los

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Angeles.

Duc allegedly wired a bomb containing 5 kilograms of ammonium nitrate

and diesel fuel to a mobile phone at the embassy and another explosive

device to a second mobile phone. Both bombs failed to go off, officials

said.

Duc is being held by West Covina police in that city's jail and will

be there until Monday when he is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles

federal court.

Three more people wanted in connection with the attempted act of

terrorism are in custody in Thailand, officials said. Duc reportedly

operated terrorist cells in Vietnam and in Philippines and is a member of

the Free Vietnam Revolutionary Group, an anti-communist organization.

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