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Man's hand blown off; note references violence against women

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 18:04:05-04

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man who blew off his hand in an apparent explosives accident has been charged in federal court after authorities say they found evidence he was making a bomb and wanted to target “hot cheerleaders.”

An FBI affidavit filed Friday in federal court in Abingdon says 23-year-old Cole Carini of Richlands showed up in a hospital Wednesday with one hand blown off and fingers blown off his second.

He told authorities he’d been in a lawnmower accident. But authorities found explosives materials at his home and a note glorifying Elliott Rodger, a mass shooter who is venerated by the online “incel” community, which justifies violence against women as revenge for men rejected as sexual partners.