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Hearing continued for college student accused of making bomb in Altoona

By: WJAC Web Staff

ALTOONA, Pa. -- The preliminary hearing for a Russian national accused of making a bomb and having bomb-making materials has been continued in Blair County.

Officials at Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker's office said Vladislav Miftakhov's defense attorney, Bob Donaldson, requested the continuance for the hearing. It was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Online court records showed the hearing was moved to Feb. 18.

Altoona police arrested Miftakhov, 18, the night of Jan. 24 while investigating a suspected marijuana growing operation in an apartment at 118 N. 9th Ave.

Miftakhov permitted police to search his apartment, where investigators found five marijuana plants, aluminum foil and drug-related items. That is also when a bomb and bomb-making materials were found. Miftakhov told investigators he had purchased the bomb-making materials via the Internet.

Miftakhov is being held in the Blair County prison on $500,000 bond and faces several charges, including possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and drug charges.

Miftakhov was enrolled at Penn State Altoona as an engineering student. He attended high school in the San Francisco area.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times