The FBI announced today that the grenade that was thrown at Bush during his trip to Georgia last week was a live grenade. The grenade landed within
30 meters of the president, but had a malfunction with it's detonation.
TBILISI (Reuters) - The FBI said on Wednesday a grenade thrown at President Bush during a visit to Georgia last week had been a threat to the
American leader and had only failed to explode because of a malfunction.
In a statement, a Federal Bureau of Investigation official at the U.S. embassy said the grenade, thrown while Bush made a keynote speech in Tbilisi's
Freedom Square on May 10, had been live and landed within 30 meters (100 feet) of the president.
"We consider this act to be a threat against the health and welfare of both the President of the United States and the President of Georgia as well as
the multitude of Georgian people that had turned out at this event," said the statement from C. Bryan Paarmann, the FBI's legal attache at the
"This hand grenade appears to be a live device that simply failed to function due to a light strike on the blasting cap induced by a slow deployment
of the spoon activation device," said the statement.
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The statement seems to be a direct contradiction to recent reports that the grenade was a dud, and had it had been placed in the crowd rather than
thrown at Bush. A reward of about $11,000 is being offered for any info leading to the arrest of the individual responsible.
I think that the original reports stated that the grenade was never meant to go off. That it was not a live grenade at all. This reports states that
it was a live grenade, meant to go off, but had a faulty detonation problem That's the difference.
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