A bomb-laden RV belonging to Nashville resident Anthony Warner, exploded on 25 December in the Tennessee state capital’s downtown, wounding four people and damaging nearly 40 nearby buildings, including the AT&T Building; there was an audio broadcast of a warning prior to the attack urging residents to evacuate.
The Christmas Day bombing in Nashville blamed by officials on Anthony Quinn Warner that left three people wounded and damaged 41 buildings should serve as a ‘wake up call’ to the US, believes an ex-counterintelligence official.
Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spoke on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday to emphasise that the bombing incident yet again illustrates how easy it can be for a lone perpetrator to trigger such havoc.
The former senior FBI official warned that the threat of a ‘copycat’ perpetrator was both very real and ‘concerning’.
The former FBI official cited the single deadliest terrorist incident before the 11 September 2001, attacks. As he recalled the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people, carried out by Timothy McVeigh, he drew comparisons between that case and the Nashville bombing.
The attack in 1995 was carried out by using a truck loaded with a 4,800 pound mixture of ammonium nitrate fertiliser, nitromethane, and diesel fuel.
Timothy McVeigh was subsequently sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection…