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Published November 25, 2013, 12:54 PM

Craig Cobb refusing food in jail

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A white supremacist charged with terrorizing the small North Dakota town he's trying to take over is on a hunger strike.

By: BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A white supremacist charged with terrorizing the small North Dakota town he's trying to take over is refusing food.

Prosecutor Todd Schwarz says Monday was the fourth day that Craig Cobb refused to eat at the Mercer County Jail in Stanton, where he's held without bail.

Cobb told The Associated Press it's not a hunger strike.

He says he's practicing mahasamadhi, a form of spiritual enlightenment in which the physical body is permanently left behind. Cobb says that will happen for him at yuletide, another term for Christmas.

He's been trying to turn Leith into an Aryan enclave. He's accused of terrorizing residents with guns earlier this month.

Cobb says he was patrolling the town because of violence and harassment directed at him.

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