Authorities in California say a man in a wheelchair detonated a pipe bomb inside the waiting room of an east Oakland health clinic on Tuesday night, killing himself in what is believed to be a suicide bombing, though not necessarily with the intent to kill others.“At this time it doesn’t appear to be related to terrorism,” Oakland police Lt. Rachael Van Sloten said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Oakland Police Department released the following statement regarding the incident:
Witnesses reported that an adult male, who was in a wheelchair, entered the lobby of the clinic armed with what appeared to be a pipe bomb and detonated the bomb taking his own life. No other injuries were reported. The investigation reveals this is an isolated incident where an individual took his own life. OFD and emergency medical services responded to the scene. The Alameda County Sheriff’s bomb squad also responded.According to the OPD press release, the man was the sole person in the lobby when the bomb was detonated. His name has not yet been released. According to the East Bay Times, the man may have been sitting in the lobby for as long as one hour before setting off the bomb and taking his own life.
The Chronicle notes that Oakland police said the explosion occurred at 6:26 p.m. inside the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Clinic, located on 1030 International Boulevard.