Antifa militants federally indicted over explosive attack outside Michael Knowles event in Pittsburgh

Punishment for a conviction includes a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000. 

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

Two Antifa militants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder. 

Brian DiPippa, 36, and his 40-year-old wife, Krystal, allegedly carried out an explosive attack outside an event featuring the Daily Wire's Michael Knowles at the University of Pittsburgh in April.

"Brian DiPippa ignited and dropped two homemade smoke bomb containers in and around a line of persons waiting to enter the O’Hara Student Center," the indictment states. 

It goes on to note that when Pitt Police officers tried to prevent protestors from entering the building via the rear entrance, Mrs. DiPippa shielded her husband as he "ignited and threw a large explosive firework into the group ... causing a loud explosion and injuries to several officers." That move earned Mr. DiPippa an extra charge of using an explosive to commit a federal felony.

According to the indictment, the couple could face up to a decade in prison and/or a fine of $500,000 for the charges of conspiracy and obstruction of law enforcement.

Using an explosive to commit a federal felony carries with it a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000. 

As the Post Millennial's Andy Ngo reports, Pennsylvania's two largest cities "have large, violent Antifa networks," noting that, "their members have been convicted for violent attacks on the public, including on people of color."

Footage of the incident in question shows the chaos that unfolded outside the auditorium, with a huge plume of smoke filling the air and making it nearly impossible for police to properly patrol the situation.

Following the explosion, protestors began yelling at a masked man wearing a backpack with a patch depicting a trans flag superimposed with a firearm, accusing him of having set off the bomb.

"Are you a plant?" one protestor asks.

It is not clear if the man in the video is, in fact, DiPippa.

Protestors continued debating amongst themselves on what tactics to use, with organizers urging Antifa to keep things peaceful. 

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