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Neo-Nazis arrested for harassing US churches with bomb threats

by Heather Preston

Leaders of a neo-Nazi group in the US have been arrested and charged with conspiring to harass and threaten churches, journalists and a former cabinet member.

John Denton, a former leader of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division was arrested in Texas on Wednesday, along with Kaleb J. Cole and charged with a series of offenses including fake bomb threats.

Alleged members of the group have been accused of making a series of fake bomb threats to a predominantly African American church in Virginia. 

Police claim the group - which has been linked to a number of killings - is seeking to incite a race war.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk and a Virginia-based cabinet official were also targeted by the hate group.

They have also been accused of cyber-stalking and sending threatening communications after journalists received swastika-branded posters with warnings that read "Your Actions have Consequences", "We are Watching" and "You have been visited by your local Nazis".

A total of four Atomwaffen Division members have now been charged in the Seattle case.

Another alleged Atomwaffen member, Andrew Thomasberg, faces sentencing for unrelated weapons crimes on Friday.

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