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Plano bomb suspect competent to stand trial

PLANO, Texas (AP) - A judge has ruled a man charged with attempting to bomb a suburban Dallas natural gas pipeline is competent to stand trial.

It was revealed in federal court Monday that Anson Chi underwent a psychological evaluation that determined there's no mental illness to prevent his case from moving forward. His lawyers have described Chi as "delusional."

The 34-year-old Chi is charged with malicious use of explosive materials, use of a destructive device during a crime, and possession of a firearm that was not federally registered.

The charges stem from an incident last June in which a homemade bomb exploded on a natural gas regulator in Plano. The device detonated prematurely and caused little damage.

Chi lashed out for years online against what he saw as governmental oppression.

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