Bombs, Kosovo protest found at Wisconsin base

MILWAUKEE, Jul 20, 2000 -- (Reuters) Two live bombs were found at a Wisconsin Air National Guard base on Wednesday after an intruder who had scrawled graffiti protesting U.S. involvement in Kosovo was chased away, the FBI said.

The incident occurred at the 128th Air Refueling wing, which supports long-range, air-to-air refueling operations for U.S. and NATO military units.

Barry Babler, a spokesman for the FBI in Milwaukee, said the intruder on being spotted at the base at dawn fled on foot,dropping a bag which contained two "explosive/incendiary devices" that were later rendered inactive.

Babler described the graffiti as political in nature, including the phrase "Free Kosovo," and that in general it seemed to indicate opposition to U.S. involvement in the Balkans.

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