Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for the Saturday firebombing of a vehicle outside a UCLA neuroscience researcher's home, the Daily Bruin reports. No one was injured in the latest in a string against scientists who use animals in their research. There have been at least four firebombings since the beginning of 2008.
On Monday, the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, which says it speaks on behalf of the activists, posted a statement on its website that threatened to continue to harass the targeted researcher until he stops his study.
FBI and university police are still investigating the attack, and extra security has been placed at the home of the scientist, whose name is being withheld. So far, police say they have no leads, but they are offering a $445,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of individuals responsible for the various attacks on UCLA researchers. That includes $25,000 added after Saturday's attack.