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MORE INDICTMENTS THIS WEEK, OFFICIAL SAYS

The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says more people will be indicted this week in the federal building bombing, The Daily Oklahoman reported Saturday.

ATF Director John Magaw would not give the number of people to be indicted by Friday's deadline. But when asked if it was two, three, four or five, he replied, "We will just have to see.""Even the highest number that you went may be a little bit high, but the low one is too low," Magaw told the newspaper.

Magaw also said the federal grand jury investigating the April 19 explosion that killed 168 people and injured more than 500 may later bring a few additional indictments.

"I believe right now they've all been identified and, if they're not in custody, we know where they are," Magaw said.

Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh are the only two people charged in the bombing. They are being held without bail.

When asked whether McVeigh was the mastermind of the bombing or just a foot soldier, Magaw replied, "He is not going to be a foot soldier."

Investigators believe McVeigh used an alias on April 17 in Junction City, Kan., to rent the truck that carried the bomb. Magaw said investigators are still pursuing leads to determine whether he was alone at the time.

Magaw also confirmed that investigators believe the federal building in Omaha, Neb., was looked at as a possible target.

But the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was an ideal target, Magaw told the newspaper.

"Clearly the building sat right up on the street. You could easily pull the truck up," he said.

Magaw was in Oklahoma City to attend a ceremony to honor ATF agents and their supporters.

During the ceremony, Magaw presented checks for more than $10,000 to the Oklahoma City chapters of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.