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Army of God letters support accused bomber Eric Rudolph

The FBI has offered a $1 million dollar reward for information leading to Rudolph's arrest.  

ANDREWS, North Carolina (CNN) -- Letters found at two Andrews locations Monday morning expressed support for Eric Robert Rudolph -- one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives and the suspect in bombings at Atlanta's Olympic park and two clinics where abortions are performed.

The letters, claiming to be from the Army of God underground anti-abortion group, were found at The Andrews Journal newspaper and at Roper's Boot Store, where Rudolph once bought a pair of hiking boots.

The letters were topped with the words "Eric Robert Rudolph" and "May God be with you" in large type. There was no other mention of Rudolph in the letters, which vowed a continued effort -- "including lethal force" -- to stop abortions.

Kathy Roper said the suspicious note was taped to the store's front door. Police told her to take it off the door without touching it directly, put it in a folder and hold it for the FBI.

Sally Hudson of The Andrews Journal said the letter it received was in the newspaper's mailbox. There was no envelope.

Rudolph has been charged with the Atlanta Olympic Park bomb in July 1996 that killed one person and wounded more than 100 others.

He is also accused of the January 1997 bombing outside a suburban Atlanta clinic that performed abortions, the bombing of an Atlanta lesbian nightclub a month later and the January 1998 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama, clinic that performs abortions.

An off-duty policeman was killed in the Birmingham blast and a nurse was badly wounded.

A massive manhunt for Rudolph in the mountains around Andrews has yielded nothing.

Someone claiming to be with the Army of God previously sent letters claiming responsibility for the bombings in Atlanta and Birmingham. Some federal law enforcement officials believe Rudolph sent some of those previous letters.


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