ALLEGED PIPE BOMBER A HUGE KURT COBAIN FAN

The debate over links between rock and violence in youth is set to be revisited after the arrest of Luke John Helder...

The 21-year-old art student accused of planting a series of pipe bombs across America launching a nationwide terror manhunt, has been revealed as a huge admirer of KURT COBAIN.

The debate over links between rock and violence in youth is set to be revisited after Luke John Helder, suspected of planting 18 pipe bombs in postboxes from Illinois to Texas, injuring six, was arrested in Reno, Nevada yesterday (May 7).

On his arrest, Helder was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of Cobain. Friends say Helder, who is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, say he was a “huge admirer of Cobain.” Reuters also report he sang and played guitar in a band called Apathy.

There is no suggestion at present that Helder was driven in his alleged actions by anything specific to do with Nirvana. When asked by reporters on his arrest if he had anything to say, he responded “no.”

The bombs, made with six-inch pipes and nine-volt batteries, were left in freestanding rural mailboxes with typewritten, anti-government letters, which promised more violence to get attention.

Helder has been initially charged with two criminal counts in Iowa. He is expected to face quite a number more.