Journal: Idaho Terror Suspect Looked at Targeting Christians 

click to enlarge Matthew Burgett, 24, of Blackfoot, charged with six counts of unlawful possession of bombs or destructive devices and one count of a terrorist act. - BINGHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Matthew Burgett, 24, of Blackfoot, charged with six counts of unlawful possession of bombs or destructive devices and one count of a terrorist act.


More details are emerging in the investigation of an eastern Idaho man charged with terrorism.

Matthew Burgett, 24, of Blackfoot, was arrested in late September after prosecutors said a raid of his home revealed six explosive devices and a handgun. This morning's Idaho State Journal reports a journal, also found in Burgett's home, allegedly included remarks that the suspect desired to target Christians. 

The Journal also reports that while Burgett was initially charged by the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office have confirmed they're reviewing Burgett's file and "additional federal charges might be filed." 

Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland was quick to add there was no connection between Burgett and the recent incident at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, where a gunman had also targeted Christians.

"I believe it was strictly a coincidence," said Rowland. "I believe you have to be mentally ill to do something like this."
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