But surely it wasn't politically motivated, the far right will say. It was the act of a deranged individual who had no political inclinations at all. It's just coincidence that it was a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.
SPOKANE, Wash. — A backpack discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march in Spokane contained a bomb "capable of inflicting multiple casualties," the FBI said Tuesday.
The FBI said a suspicious backpack was found about 9:25 a.m. PST on Monday on a bench at the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.
A bomb disposal unit was called in and neutralized the device. The FBI said in a statement on Tuesday that "the backpack contained a potentially deadly destructive device, likely capable of inflicting multiple casualties."
The FBI has refused to discuss how the bomb was constructed.
"Suffice it to say it was of grave concern," Frank Harrill, special agent in the charge of the Spokane FBI office, told NBC News.
The FBI has not established an official motive, but Harrill told NBC News "the timing and placement of the backpack (along the march route) is inescapable."
"At that point, it falls directly in the realm and sphere of domestic terrorism," Harrill told the Associated Press. "Clearly, there was some political or social agenda here."
Dave Neiwert has more at Crooks and Liars, including this local news report.
More than a 1,000 people attended the parade, and luckily among them was a sharp-eyed observer who spotted the backpack and reported it. The parade was rerouted and the device detonated.
Add this to the quickly growing list of violent political acts.