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Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN received similar crude pipe bombs

New York police said it has sent officers to the Time Warner Center, where the CNN bureau is located, to investigate reports of a suspicious package.

Published: 24th October 2018 07:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th October 2018 09:10 PM   |  A+A-

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(L-R) 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama (Photos | AP)

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: The United States Secret Service on Wednesday announced that it has intercepted and proactively detonated two "suspicious packages" addressed to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

US news network CNN also announced Wednesday that it had evacuated its New York bureau over a suspicious package.

New York police said it has sent officers to the Time Warner Center, where the CNN bureau is located, to investigate reports of a suspicious package.

Neither Obama nor Clinton received the packages or were at risk of receiving them, it said.

The packages were discovered during "routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such," the agency said in a statement.

"Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them," the statement said. Officials "proactively detonated" the device, and determined that it contained explosive powder and "had the components of a bomb," it said.

HERE ARE UPDATES:

  • 11:10 pm: NYPD's chief of counterterrorism says the explosive device sent to CNN's headquarters in New York appeared to be sent by the same person who mailed pipe bombs to US billionaire George Soros, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. The devices all appeared to be crude pipe bombs. The New York device was black and had wires.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his office received one and it was being dealt with.

  • The package intended for Obama was intercepted in Washington, DC, on Wednesday morning, and the one intended for Clinton was addressed to her in Westchester County, New York, on Tuesday.

  • The FBI said the package intended for the former first lady and secretary of state Clinton was found in the vicinity of her residence in Chappaqua, New York. The Clintons have lived in Chappaqua, about 48 km north of New York City, since former President Clinton left office in 2001.

  • Earlier this week, a suspicious package targeting billionaire investor and major Democratic donor George Soros was discovered and rendered safe.

  • A senior White House officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the situation. The White House said it condemned the "attempted violent attacks.

  • New York City's police commissioner says a package sent to CNN's offices in New York contained what appeared to be a live explosive and an envelope containing white powder.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the briefing that "we will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives."

  • Hillary Clinton says at a Florida fundraiser that "we are fine" and is thanking the U.S. Secret Service for intercepting an explosive device in a package "long before it made its way to our home."

  • An officer with the Uniform Division of the United States Secret Service uses his dog to search a checkpoint near the home of President Barack Obama, Oct. 24, 2018, in Washington. (Photo | AP)
  • First lady Melania Trump said in a statement that, "Mrs. Trump condemns all forms of threats and violence" and "thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts."

  • In Florida, the Broward Sheriff's Office is using a bomb squad robot in the investigation of a suspicious package at the office of Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

  • President Donald Trump retweeted a message from Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday, adding "I agree wholeheartedly!" In his tweet, Pence condemned "attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others."



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  • Jeffrey Pickett

    Contained far right propaganda in packages with crude pipe bombs but don't detonate and are easily intercepted. What people won't do to get attention.
    2 years ago reply
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