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Utah militia leader planned to bomb US-owned cabin, FBI says

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 15:44:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal authorities say a Utah militia group leader with ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been charged with trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in rural Arizona.

Prosecutors say in charging documents Thursday that 57-year-old William Keebler planned anti-government actions to retaliate against federal grazing restrictions on ranchers.

Authorities say Keebler went to the cabin Tuesday with militia members and undercover FBI employees.

The bureau says an inactive explosive was placed against the door and Keebler was handed a remote detonation device that he pushed several times. He was arrested Wednesday in Utah.

Keebler doesn't yet have a listed attorney but is scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday.

The FBI says Keebler was at Bundy's ranch during a 2014 armed standoff with federal officials over unpaid grazing fees.