Latest twists in Hari case: Feds, UI bomb squad pay visit

Latest twists in Hari case: Feds, UI bomb squad pay visit

Two weeks after picking up bombing suspect Michael Hari on his way to a court appearance, federal agents were back in Ford County on Monday, presumably to collect evidence related to the case.

Agents blocked off a road leading to Hari's home in Clarence, where the University of Illinois bomb squad was also on-site.

Also Monday, agents were seen loading into an SUV items taken from a home belonging to Hari's father, in the 300 block of Paxton's East Summer Street.

Authorities believe Hari is the leader of a homegrown domestic terrorism group responsible for bombing a mosque in Minnesota and attempting to do the same at a women's health clinic in Champaign.

Hari, Michael McWhorter, Joe Morris and Ellis Mack, all of Clarence, remain in custody after their March 13 arrest for possession of a machine gun.

The next step happens next month, when prosecutors take their case to a grand jury, which could return an indictment if it finds probable cause linking Hari, Morris and McWhorter to the Minnesota bombing.

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