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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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