Wednesday, 24 October 2018

'Explosive devices" sent to Clinton and Obama

Suspected explosive devices were sent to former US President Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the US Secret Service has said. It comes two days after a bomb was found at the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros in the suburbs of New York City. The devices were discovered by technicians who screen mail sent to the former US officials. The Time Warner building in New York was also evacuated due to a package. CNN, which is located in the Time Warner building, evacuated its newsroom over the incident, CNN president Jeff Zucker confirmed in a statement. ADVERTISEMENT The suspicious package was discovered in the CNN's mailroom, Bryan Paarmann, the FBI special agent in charge said on Wednesday. Officials say the device appeared to be live. At a news conference, police commissioner James O'Neill said law enforcement found an "envelope containing white powder" in the packaging of the device sent to CNN. The powder is being investigated, but authorities found "no additional threats" after sweeping the area. When asked about the pattern of these attempted attacks, Mr O'Neill said law enforcement is proactively contacting people to ensure other mail rooms "follow proper protocol". New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed during the news conference that a package containing an explosive device had also been sent to his Manhattan office, adding that it was "being handled". The Time Warner building in New York City was evacuated on Wednesday morningImage copyrightCBS Image caption The Time Warner building in New York City was evacuated on Wednesday morning According to a statement from the US Secret Service, a package addressed to Mrs Clinton was recovered late on 23 October. "Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC," the statement adds. "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." Courtsey:bbc

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