Two men charged after chemical weapon explodes in central Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Ohio men who authorities say are members of anti-government group have been indicted after a chemical bomb detonated in one of the men’s hands.

Twenty-six-year-old Alphonso Mobley Jr. and 21-year-old Roberto Innis were charged Friday in Columbus with aggravated arson and criminal use, possession and illegal assembly of a chemical weapon.

Authorities say Mobley was hospitalized after his hands were blown off when the bomb exploded inside a vacant Columbus home April 5. Innis wasn’t hurt.

The Dispatch has reported that a court document said the men planned to use the bomb while robbing a bank or an armored car. A Columbus fire department spokesman says the men were members of Sovereign Citizens, an anti-government group.

Records don’t indicate whether the men have attorneys.

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