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Three men from Clarence were arrested Tuesday for charges related to August bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minn., and an attempted bombing in November at the Women’s Health Practice in Champaign.

Michael Hari, 47; Michael McWhorter, 29; and Joe Morris, 22, are all from Clarence, a rural community about 35 miles north of Champaign-Urbana, according to Sharon Paul, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In November, local police responded to the Women’s Health Practice at 2125 S. Neil St. after a staff member found a broken window and what appeared to be a “potential bomb.”

Read more: The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, IL)

A white nationalist group in 2016 talked about detonating an explosive device at one of its events in Harrisburg to kill protestors.

That is the allegation contained in a legal brief assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court in support of the charges against Justin Daniel Lough, a reputed member of the Aryan Strikeforce from Waynesboro, Va.

The prosecutor was replying to the claim by assistant public defender D. Toni Byrd that the charges against Lough and five co-defendants are based on a crime the government "manufactured." She was referring to the controlled methamphetamine and firearms transactions that are the basis of the charges in the indictment.

Read more: PennLive

Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas' capital city earlier this month.

Austin police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that investigators believe the attacks are linked because in each case, the package bombs were left on the victims' front doorsteps and not delivered by a mail service. He said the U.S. Postal Service doesn't have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred Monday. He said that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman.

Read more: Houston Chronicle

At first glance, five killings in three states since last May appeared to be unrelated, isolated cases.

But a common thread is emerging. Three young men have been charged, and all appear to have links to the same white supremacist group: the Atomwaffen Division.

Atomwaffen is German for "atomic weapons," and the group is extreme. It celebrates Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson, its online images are filled with swastikas, and it promotes violence.

One of the group's videos shows young men, wearing scarves over their faces and camouflage, firing rifles during military-style training. The video begins with group members shouting in unison, "Race War Now," and concludes with the tag line, "Join Your Local Nazis."

Read more: NPR

Some alt-right and white supremacist groups are using the same online recruiting tactics pioneered by ISIS, al Qaeda and other foreign-based extremist groups to grow their ranks.

John Cohen, an ABC News consultant and former acting Homeland Security undersecretary, notes that many of these groups – both foreign and domestic – appeal to the same type of person in the same type of way.

"All of these extremist groups promote an agenda that focuses on fighting those who are victimizing them and that resonates with these individuals who all believe that they have personally been victimized in their own lives," Cohen said in an interview.

Read more: ABC News