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Incel reportedly blows up own hand while plotting bomb attack on ‘hot cheerleaders’

Investigators found 'a skin colored chunk believed to be flesh' in a bedroom at his home.

Jun 7, 2020, 10:28 am

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Alexandra Samuels 

Alexandra Samuels

The FBI believes a 23-year-old Virginia man accidentally amputated his own hand while making an explosive device designed to kill “hot cheerleaders.”

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According to local media reports, the culprit, Cole Carini, went to a Virginia hospital on Tuesday. He arrived with one hand missing, several fingers amputated, and shrapnel wounds to his neck and throat. 

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Carini told police his injuries were due to a lawnmower incident.

According to court records, however, the grass at his house showed no evidence of mowing. The blades ran six inches tall.

Carini has a juvenile record for explosives violations. He had been on probation until September 2019, according to court records.

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“When asked if he remembered what happened to put him in hospital,” authorities wrote, “Carini told the [FBI] Agents that he was mowing his yard and the mower flipped over in such a way that it [dragged] his hands into the blades and because the blades were spinning so fast it acted like a bomb.”

When FBI agents searched his house, they discovered drops of blood leading from a car outside to a second-floor bedroom. In addition, “a piece of human skin” and “a skin colored chunk believed to be flesh,” were in the room.

Authorities also discovered explosive chemicals, a box of rusty nails, PVC pipes, and hot plates.

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When investigators obtained a search warrant to a shed behind his home, they say they found a crumpled letter that discussed a suicide bomber walking through a shopping mall while concealing “deadly objects” to target a “stage of hot cheerleaders.” According to BuzzFeed News, he seems to be an incel.

When confronted, Carini denied owning explosives and reiterated that his injuries were due to a lawn mowing incident.

According to BuzzFeed News, he currently faces one charge of lying to FBI agents. He’s held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. 

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When BuzzFeed News reached out for comment through Facebook, his brother, Neil Carini said, “My family is trusting in God and Godly people. Please pray for my brother. Thank you.”

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2020, 10:28 am