Man accused of bombing police cruiser held on $750K bail

BOSTON (AP) – A man charged with leaving an explosive device next to a Boston police cruiser has been held on $750,000 bail, but his attorney says his client is the victim of a witch hunt who’s been framed by unreliable witnesses.

Not-guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 42-year-old Asim Kieta at his arraignment Monday on charges including possession of an explosive device and assault with intent to murder.

The improvised bomb that included a propane tank exploded Friday morning outside a police substation in South Boston. Two officers received minor injuries.

Kieta’s attorney questioned whether a bomb was involved, saying some trash caught fire.

Police have not disclosed a motive but say Kieta was spotted on surveillance video. He was arrested Saturday at his job as a cook.

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