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UCLA scientist's car firebombed

A car belonging to a University of California, Los Angeles, researcher who uses primates to study drug addiction, schizophrenia and other disorders was targeted by animal rights activists early Saturday morning (March 7). The Animal Liberation Front, an animal rights group that has been connected to acts of vandalism and violence in the past, has posted on its website a message from the Animal Liberation Brigade claiming responsibility for the firebombing. According to __The Los Angeles Times_

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A car belonging to a University of California, Los Angeles, researcher who uses primates to study drug addiction, schizophrenia and other disorders was targeted by animal rights activists early Saturday morning (March 7). The Animal Liberation Front, an animal rights group that has been connected to acts of vandalism and violence in the past, has posted on its website a message from the Animal Liberation Brigade claiming responsibility for the firebombing. According to __The Los Angeles Times__, which broke the linkurl:story,;http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ucla-fire10-2009mar10,0,1330231.story the FBI is investigating the "suspicious arson" involving a homemade incendiary device that burned the car as it sat parked outside the unidentified researcher's home. No one was injured. UCLA chancellor Gene Block condemned the incident and UCLA is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the crime. "The actions of extremists who use violent and illegal tactics are utterly...

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