Alabama Authorities Open Inquiry into Explosive Incident at State Attorney General’s Office

Alabama officials announced on Monday that they have opened an inquiry into the weekend detonation of an explosive device outside the state attorney general’s office.

Steve Marshall, the attorney general, released a statement saying, “Thankfully, no staff or personnel were injured by the explosion. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (Alea) will be leading the investigation, and we are urging anyone with information to contact them immediately.”

He stated the explosion happened early Saturday. Alea stated it was notified of the incident earlier in the day. “It was determined that the suspicious package was an explosive device that was detonated in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 24,” according to the report.

“No injuries or damage to nearby buildings have been reported. Troopers, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and officers from Montgomery police department, responded to the scene and deemed the area safe.”

“The investigation remains ongoing.”

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Following Alabama’s supreme court’s ruling last week that embryos created through in vitro fertilization are “extrauterine children,” which effectively stopped IVF treatments in the state as providers shuttered their operations out of fear of legal action, Republican Marshall has found himself embroiled in controversy.

Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris led the Democratic Party’s criticism of the verdict, while Donald Trump offered “strong support” for IVF procedures in a weekend post on his Truth Social platform.

Alabama Authorities Open Inquiry into Explosive Incident at State Attorney General's Office

In a statement, the Republican House speaker, Mike Johnson, said he commended Alabama state officials “for immediately working to protect life and ensure that IVF treatment is available to families throughout the state.”

Over the weekend, Marshall’s officials attempted to settle what had become an increasingly tumultuous situation.

“Attorney General Marshall has no intention of using the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision as a basis for prosecuting IVF families or providers,” Katherine Robertson, chief counsel at the Alabama Attorney General’s office, said in a statement.

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Amanda Priest, a Marshall’s office representative, advised reporters on Monday not to “jump to conclusions about a specific issue” when investigating the cause of the explosion, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, an Alabama judge remained hospitalized on Monday after being shot at his Montgomery County home the same day. The 15th judicial circuit’s presiding judge, Johnny Hardwick, required surgery following the gunshot on Saturday.

The judge’s son, Khalfani Hardwick, has been arrested in connection with the attack. There was no early indication that the shooting was related to the explosion at Marshall’s office.

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