Bombs at 3 churches in New Mexico, confound the authorities

By Fernanda Santos
An F.B.I. agent checked a cross for any signs of explosives at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sunday. Credit Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The New York Times
NEW MEXICO---Two homemade bombs exploded early this month during busy Sunday services at Roman Catholic and Baptist churches here, while a third, undetonated explosive was discovered on Friday near a leaking sprinkler valve at a Presbyterian church, fueling unease in this placid city in southern New Mexico, the second largest in the state. Still, more than two weeks after the explosions, the local and federal authorities have yet to uncover a plausible motive, a potential suspect or a clear link among the churches other than their shared Christianity. [link]