Explosives found in Alabama hostage taker’s bunker

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Dale County, AL, United States (4E) – Authorities said the 65-year-old kidnapper who took a five-year-old boy hostage for six days and died Monday during the rescue has packed explosives in the underground bunker in Dale County, Alabama.

According to authorities, the pipe that was used to communicate with Jimmy Lee Dykes Dykes was discovered filled with explosives and other explosive were also located inside the bunker.

Police said Dykes allowed them to deliver comfort items for Ethan, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit disorder, including coloring books and toys, and an electric heater and blankets were used by the abductor to keep the boy warm.

During the negotiation, rescue teams reportedly managed to slip a camera into the bunker.

Sources told CNN that when authorities spotted Dykes with a weapon Monday, they decided to storm the bunker.

It was reported that large explosions occurred while two agents entered the bunker, shooting Dykes and killing him.

Ethan, who just turned six, was safely rescued.

Dykes, a Vietnam veteran and a retired truck driver, got on the bus Tuesday about 3:40 p.m. near a church in Midland City, and shot and killed 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., the bus driver, before taking the boy as hostage.

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