AUSTIN (AP) - Police safely exploded a suspicious backpack left
in the parking lot of an Austin mosque.
Austin police Lt. Cedric Hudson said Azzam Baytie, 46, had made
threats to the mosque, the North Austin Muslim Community Center.
Baytie, described by authorities as "emotionally disturbed,"
claimed he had a bomb in his backpack, Hudson said.
Authorities scanned it with an X-ray machine and found
electronic parts inside, prompting them to remotely destroy the
backpack as a precaution Sunday.
Baytie was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and
terroristic threat, Hudson said. It was unclear whether Baytie, who
was being booked into the Travis County Jail, had an attorney.
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