Escondido-Area Home Containing Explosives

Inquiring minds are shaking their heads after reading about the mystery surrounding an Escondido-area home containing explosives. Authorities are trying to determine the how and why a Serbian emigre obtained large quantities of explosive ingredients in his house:

Authorities are trying to piece together how — and why — a 54-year-old Serbian emigre acquired large quantities of explosive ingredients that could be used to make the kind of bombs favored by terrorists, including insurgents trying to kill U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The work of a squad of local, state and federal explosives experts is being made more difficult because the one-story, stucco house in a leafy Escondido-area neighborhood where the material was found is considered too dangerous to reenter.

George Djura Jakubec lived alone in the house for less than three years and had ringed it with security cameras. Neighbors said he kept to himself and was pretty much unknown to them. Mr. Jakubec is a naturalized U.S. citizen and faces 26 bomb-making charges and two counts of bank robbery, all felonies. But apparently Mr. Jakubec knows the drill…he is on probation for a 2009 burglary conviction when arrested last week and remains in jail in lieu of $5-million bail.


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