US officials say ‘potential explosive devices’ have been sent to the homes of former US President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Secret Service intercepted the two suspicious packages just days after a bomb was sent to the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros.
CNN also said its offices in New York were evacuated because of a suspect package.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) October 24, 2018
We are aware of a suspicious package found in the vicinity of the Clinton residence in Chappaqua, NY, and our JTTF has engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate. As this is an on-going investigation, we will have no further comment at this time
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) October 24, 2018
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement.
“The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
The package addressed to Clinton at her home in New York was recovered late on Tuesday, while the one sent to Obama was intercepted this morning.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
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