An explosion has taken place inside a women's bathroom at a Target store in Evanston, Illinois. Following anti-LGBT+ protests and boycotts at target stores around the country over the store chains stance on transgender it would seem that the latest action from the extreme right elements standing against equality is to turn to terrorist style actions in order to reach their goals.
Whilst no one was harmed in the explosion, police are reporting that the device was a homemade improvised explosive device constructed from from a plastic bottle. They have also reported that no projectiles, such as nails or metal shards, were used in the construction of the device.
Yesterday police took an as yet unidentified 44-yer-old woman into custody over the incident.
Despite obvious connections to the recent protests and anger over Target allowing transgender people to use the bathroom and changing room facilities that they are most comfortable with, police are not not treating the incident as connected.
'The detectives are not currently looking for any known additional suspects, and at this point there is no indication that the incident is related to any policies that the Target store has in place.' A police press report stated.
To overlook the link between the protests and harassment that Target has been subject to over the last few months as a motivation for the bombing incident is frankly astounding. The fact that a homemade explosive device was detonated inside a women's bathroom inside a Target store must mean that it is automatically looked at with a connection to anti-trans sentiment.
The American Family Association, a prominent 'Christian' anti-LGBT+ hate group, have been leading the charge in the fight against Target and LGBT+ equality, launching an online petition to boycott the retailer that has received more then 1.6 million signatures.
The group have also been sending preachers into Target stores around the country where they have been quoting bible verse and shouting harassment at both staff and shoppers over the choice to allow trans people to be given equal rights. These preachers have been equating LGBT+ rights to child abuse, paedophillia, rape and 'demonic possession'.
The AFA have made claims that these boycotts and targeted harassment has led to the loss of $10 billion for the company, something that Target vehemently denies.