Alabama Captor Rigged Bunker with Explosives

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

As FBI and police negotiators spent days seeking to coax an Alabama man into freeing a boy held hostage in an underground bunker, the captor was making plans of his own.

FBI special agent Jason Pack said in an email that bomb technicians found two explosive devices Tuesday on the man's property. He said one was inside the bunker and the other in the plastic pipe Jimmy Lee Dykes told officers to use to talk with him.

Pack said Dykes also "reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement."

When SWAT agents stormed the bunker Monday to rescue the boy, the FBI says Dykes engaged in a "firefight" before he was killed.

As the FBI released new details, the abducted child turned 6-years-old Wednesday. He is reported to be doing well.


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