Man sentenced to prison for bombing near Boston police cruiser

A man has been sentenced to 15 to 18 years in state prison after being found guilty of planting and setting off an explosive device next to a Boston police cruiser parked in South Boston 2017, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Asim Kieta, 45, was also sentenced to five years probation Thursday by Judge Jeffrey Locke, who presided over the jury-waived trial, prosecutors said in a statement.

Three police officers were injured in the blast that went off during the morning rush hour on a busy South Boston bridge. All three have recovered fully, the statement said.

“This was an act of violence designed to inflict injury,’’ District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in the statement. “Police officers have an incredibly difficult, and at time dangerous, job. They are here to help us and protect the community from harm. My office will hold people accountable when they are violent or cause serious harm to others.”


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