A MAJOR federal investigation is underway in the United States after a number of explosive devices, believed to be pipe bombs, were sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It’s understood the suspicious packages were addressed to a number of prominent Democrats, with CNN’s headquarters in New York also targeted with a package address to former CIA Director John Brennan.
Luckily, the devices were intercepted by authorities before they reached their recipients.
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“This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of our country through acts of violence,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“The very concept of terrorism is to change us and we will not allow that to happen.”
At a press conference a short time ago, President Donald Trump said the packages are currently being inspected by “top explosive experts”.
“The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice,” President Trump said.
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“We have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
The FBI has since released a photo of one of the packages and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward to assist them with the investigation.
“The packages are similar in appearance, as depicted in the below photograph, and contain potentially destructive devices,” the FBI said.
“The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” in Florida.”
There’s fears additional packages may have been mailed to other locations, with authorities urging the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages.
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