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FBI agents say four mail bombs, including the two that killed a federal judge in Alabama and a Georgia lawyer, all bore Georgia return addresses or postmarks.

Links to NAACP school desegregation efforts have been established in all four cases, leading investigators to speculate that a white racist group may be responsible. After police defused a bomb at an NAACP office in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, the organization placed all its offices on alert.U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh called the bombings "an affront to our nation's commitment to the rule of law."

William Hinshaw, agent in charge of the Atlanta FBI office, told The Birmingham News in an interview published Wednesday that the first deadly package, addressed to Judge Robert S. Vance, was mailed last Thursday from Newnan, a town 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

A funeral was scheduled Wednesday for Vance, whose wife was seriously injured in the explosion at their Mountain Brook, Ala., home.

The bomb that killed Savannah, Ga., alderman and lawyer Robert Robinson on Monday is believed to have been mailed Friday from Macon, 82 miles southeast of Atlanta, Hinshaw said, but the postmark was destroyed in the blast.

The Atlanta Constitution quoted unidentified sources as saying it bore a return address in Warner Robins, a town near Macon.

The bomb found Tuesday in Jacksonville also was mailed Friday from Macon, Hinshaw said. A Jacksonville NAACP official, Lloyd N. Pearson, told the Macon Telegraph and News the package bore the return address of a Warner Robins lawyer.

Another device was mailed Saturday from the Atlanta area to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clerk's office in Atlanta, Hinshaw said, and the Constitution reported it bore the return address of an Atlanta lawyer. The court, on which Vance served, handled appeals of federal cases from Georgia, Alabama and Florida.