Pipe bomb planted at Florida mosque


The FBI said it has received four leads, two of which they call viable, on the identity of a man who was recorded on surveillance video carrying a gas can and a pipe outside the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida Monday night.

A small explosion from a homemade pipe bomb happened just after the man was seen while worshipers were in the mosque, investigators said.

Investigators said while they're tracking down the tips they've received, they are also digitally enhancing video using facial recognition technology to try to identify the man seen in the video.

"We have had several calls in regards to the person of interest that we have in the video that's holding the gas can and the pipe," FBI agent and arson investigator Robby Stephens said. "Those leads are being followed up on as we speak. There's a lot of behind the scenes."

Investigators said they were surprised by how few leads they've received considering the scope of the explosion.

"We would like to remind the community to please continue calling with the information," Stephens said. "This person's out there. It's just a matter of identifying him so we can get this person off the street."

The man is wanted for arson and possibly a hate crime. He could face domestic terrorism and church arson charges, which carry a sentence ranging from 10 years in prison to life in prison.

If you have any information about the man's identity, call 1-877-NOARSON or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. Reward monies for information leading to an arrest total $7,500.

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