Boston, MA - An suspect intentionally threw a propane tank under a Boston Police Officer's patrol vehicle Saturday morning.
According to CBS Local, the incident occurred on West Broadway in South Boston. Surveillance video, which has been released, show what appears to be a white male walking past the Boston Police Officer and his patrol vehicle. The Boston PD Officer was able to quickly move the vehicle and get out of it before the propane tank exploded.
Thankfully, the officer moved fast enough so no one was injured. The Boston Police Department's Bomb Squad is assisting the FBI with the investigation. William Evans, Boston Police Commissioner, said that the incident was "a deliberate act." He also said “Clearly someone set this deliberately to blow up one of our cruisers. Thank God we were able to get anyone out of the way and pull the cruiser out before it did explode.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that there is no evidence yet that the attack was connected to rioting that occurred today during President Trump's Inauguration.
MassLive reports that on Sunday, the suspect was later identified as 42-year-old Asim Kieta. It's not clear if this was an Islamic extremist terrorist attack, or if it was an anti-police terrorist attack.
"We're not clear on the motive," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. "He has a lengthy criminal past. He's been in and out of jail."
Asim Kieta is being charged with possession of an explosive device, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and arson of personal property.
We are grateful that the Boston Police Officer was not injured and that Asim Kieta was taken into custody.
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