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Alabama couple planned to kill cops in bid to start race war - Friday November 25th, 2016 at 3:58 PM

Alabama couple planned to kill cops in bid to start race war

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An Alabama couple planted a fake bomb at an elementary school and planned to kill police officers responding to the scene in a bid to start a race war, officials said.
Zachary Edwards, 35, and Raphel Dilligard, 34, were charged with possession of a hoax destructive device, rendering false alarm and making terrorist threats, al.com reported.
The pair — who live together and are dating — confessed to calling 911 after they dropped off a faux bomb at Magnolia Elementary School in Trussville last week, but Edwards said he backed out of the second half of the plot: to shoot the cops who came to investigate.
“He wanted everybody in one place so he could kill cops. He made it clear to our guys he wanted to commit acts of violence,” Dave Hyche, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ assistant special agent for Alabama told the newspaper.
In his confession, Edwards claimed to be a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Mafia and talked about starting a race war, investigators said. He talked at length about his desire to kill law enforcement officials, Hyche said
"I guess he doesn't like cops,'' he told the newspaper.
Last week, police officers swarmed the elementary school after a woman — later determined to be Edwards disguising his voice — called 911 and reported seeing a man putting a package covered in wires and attached to a timer on a car parked on campus.
Investigators later determined the alleged bomb to be fake. While it did contain gunpowder, there was no way it could detonate, officials said, insisting that the kids inside the school were never in any danger.
Police named Edwards as a suspect when they determined that the phony 911 call came from his cell phone. Additionally, investigators determined that Dilligard purchased the timer on the fake bomb — a stopwatch from Walmart — after they reviewed security footage from the store.
The two were taken into custody Tuesday night.
During questioning, both suspects confessed to making the bogus bomb and dumping it at the school. Edwards detailed his plans to kill cops, although it’s unclear why he backed out of them.
"My guys believe this individual to be a very dangerous person,” Hyche said of Edwards. “This arrest probably did stop something bad from happening.”
Edwards has a long criminal record, including a three-year stint in prison for a 2000 second-degree assault conviction.
The investigation into the bomb hoax and threats against police is ongoing, and officials said the pair could also face federal charges.
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