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FBI: Suspect in 2003 Tri-Valley bombing may be hiding in Hawaii

Authorities accuse Daniel Andreas San Diego of being involved in bombings in Pleasanton, Emeryville

The FBI believes that a suspect in the three bombings in the East Bay more than a decade ago and linked to animal rights extremist groups may be hiding out in Hawaii, an FBI spokesman said Wednesday.

FBI agents from Honolulu and San Francisco are canvassing Puna, Pahoa and elsewhere on Hawaii's Big Island for Daniel Andreas San Diego, 36, allegedly involved in bombing office buildings in Emeryville and Pleasanton in 2003, FBI spokesman Tom Simon said.

The FBI is offering a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the capture of San Diego, who is on the FBI's list of the 10 Most Wanted Terrorists, Simon said.

San Diego, who was born in Berkeley and spent his childhood in Marin County, is accused of two bombings triggered one hour apart on Aug. 23, 2003, at the campus of the Chiron Corp., a biotechnology company in Emeryville, according to the FBI.

The second bomb that exploded at the same location might have been meant to injure first responders to the prior blast, but no one was hurt, the FBI said.

The man is also suspected of fashioning a bomb with a timer strapped to nails that exploded on Sept. 26, 2003, at Shaklee Corp., a nutritional products firm in Pleasanton, but no one was injured, the FBI said.

San Diego, who was last seen in the Bay Area in October 2003, was indicted on felony charges in the bombings in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in July 2004, the FBI said.

His motive in both bombings appears tied to his association with animal rights extremist groups that targeted the two companies claiming they participated in cruel experiments on animals, according to FBI officials.

— Bay City News Service

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