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A man was arrested in Tipton after police found a destructive device and materials to make an explosive device inside a backpack.

Tipton police were called to the Side Street Mall area on W. Jefferson Street Monday for a report of a suspicious backpack that was abandoned.

Officers took the bag back to the police department to conduct an investigation and see who it belonged to.

During that investigation, materials used to manufacture an improvised explosive device (IED) were located inside the backpack as well as an already assembled IED. An IED is also commonly referred to as a homemade bomb.

The Kokomo Police Department Bomb Squad was contacted and they took possession of the IED for proper and safe disposal to eliminate any threat to the public.

Read more: CBS Indianapolis

A Wichita Falls man who plotted to blow up a data center in Virginia pleaded guilty Wednesday to malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.

Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested in April after attempting to obtain an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in Fort Worth. He entered his guilty plea today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, Jr.

“Due in large part to the meticulous work of the FBI’s undercover agents, the Justice Department was able to expose Mr. Pendley’s twisted plot and apprehend the defendant before he was able to inflict any real harm,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “We may never know how many tech workers’ lives were saved through this operation – and we’re grateful we never had to find out. Bringing to justice domestic extremists remains one of the Department’s top priorities.”

Read more: Department of Justice

Italian police announced on Monday they had broken up an online neo-Nazi group dedicated to antisemitic and racist propaganda that encouraged young people to carry out extreme acts of violence against Jews and foreigners.

Italian postal police and Carabinieri paramilitary police said individuals aged between 26 and 62 were allegedly involved in the group.

Twelve people were present on Facebook and Russian social network VK under the name, "Ordine Ario Romano," which is believed to be a reference to the racist writings of fascist author Julius Evola, a Carabinieri police statement said.

The group's social media postings were "inspired by Nazi, antisemitic and Holocaust-denial ideologies, as well as by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories," the statement added.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

Police arrested a Bountiful man on Sunday after he allegedly plotted to kill several people with firearms and explosives and tried to enlist a co-conspirator, according to charging documents.

Robert Jack Turville, 62, allegedly tried to engage a co-worker at a Midvale sporting goods store to help him kill five people, including with explosives planted in vehicle headrests, a Unified Police Department probable cause statement said.

Unified Police detective Ken Hansen said Monday the co-worker secretly recorded the alleged threats and criminal solicitation. That employee contacted police on Friday, Hansen said.

“With the nature of the threats being so specific, it required a lot of urgency,” Hansen said of the investigation. “We’ve had four detectives on this since Friday, just to make sure, because there was a big concern for the potential victims.”

Read more: Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT)

One person was arrested after a homemade bomb went off near a beer garden in Boerne, according to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened around 11:20 a.m., Saturday, at Random, a beer garden in the area, located at 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Road.

Deputies were called to the scene for a report of a loud explosion. When they arrived, they found remnants of a “homemade improvised explosive device” in the back parking lot, according to officials.

Visitors of the beer garden and Boerne Lake were evacuated out of precaution, deputies said.

No other explosive devices were found in the area and there are no ongoing threats to the public, according to the KCSO.

Read more: KSAT (San Antonio)