Russian student arrested for bomb building in Pennsylvania

Vladislav Miftakhov
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A 19-year-old Russian national was arrested in Pennsylvania Friday for possession of what appeared to be a homemade bomb and bomb-making equipment stored in a suitcase.

Police found the suspicious materials while investigating a marijuana-growing operation inside the apartment of Vladislav Miftakhov, an engineering student at Penn State Altoona, according to a press release published on the Altoona Police Department’s Facebook page.

The release said:

The Altoona Police Department announces the arrest of Vladislav Miftakhov, 19 years of age, of 118 North 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.

While investigating a reported marijuana grow operation officers located a suspected bomb and other assorted bomb making materials inside a suitcase within Miftakhov’s apartment. The bomb was safely deconstructed by experts from the Pennsylvania State Police – Bomb Squad. Miftakhov, a Russian Citizen, told investigators he purchased the bomb making materials through the internet over the past several weeks. The appropriate Federal Agencies were notified and are assisting with our investigation.

Vladislav Miftakhov is charged with Possessing a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Risking a Catastrophe, Possession with Intent to Deliver – Marijuana, Possessing Instruments of Crime (2 cts.), Prohibited Offensive Weapons, Incendiary Devices, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Possession of Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The release did not say what Miftakhov intended to do with the suspected bomb and other materials.

Watch local station WTAJ-TV’s report on the arrest, then check out, “Bill Clinton irked he doesn’t get same respect as Ronald Reagan.”


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