Was this student a potential terrorist planning something evil here in Atlanta?" Why did he have these items in his apartment and what were his intentions?
Follow this link to the AJC for the latest update. Explosive device, gasoline found in burned student’s apartment.
"Akhshabi is studying in the College of Computing at Tech, where he has attended since 2009, according to his web page. He was scheduled to graduate in May, Nagel said Wednesday. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Akhshabi completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tehran in Iran" He was burned over 90% of his body and is being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
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Last night, there was a multitude of law enforcement personnel on the ground near an apartment on Tenth Street in Mid-Town Atlanta.
The address where the fire took place is 275 Tenth Street, near Piedmont Park, in Atlanta. The explosion occurred about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
The first reporter on the scene knew that something other than a normal house fire was apparent. The area was swarming with local, state, and federal personnel. On the scene were the ATF, the FBI, Atlanta Police as well as the Joint Terrorism Task Force. There were a number of items found outside the apartment that concerned investigators.
Not much is known about the student or what caused the fire. He was badly burned. One by-stander told the reporter that he was horribly burned on his chest, arms, and neck. He is being treated at a local hospital.
Georgia Tech released the following statement shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
“Georgia Tech is working with law enforcement to notify the victim's family. Until that notification is made the Institute is not able to release the victim's information. We are able to confirm a Georgia Tech graduate student was involved in an incident involving a fire in a building off of 10th street this evening. Our primary concern is to provide appropriate assistance to the victim and for his family as well as his classmates. We continue to cooperate with the investigation of incident.”
It appears the student is a Turkish national.
Photo/video released shows badly burned mattress and what appears to be a plastic bottle containing lighter fluid. First reports said that the student was burned by an incendiary device. People were asked to vacate the building in the other apartments for their own safety.
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Retro: Two Georgia Tech students were badly burned in 2010 out behind their frat house when they were mixing volatile chemicals.
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