Authorities have intercepted a series of bombs, packaged as mail and sent to Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro, and other democratic party figures.
A suspicious package intended for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was intercepted at a congressional mail screening facility in Maryland; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received what he said was a device at his Manhattan office, and the San Diego Union-Tribune evacuated its building after ‘suspicious looking packages’ were spotted outside.
There was also a scare at Tribeca where what looks like an explosive package has also been found.
A package addressed to former Vice President, Joe Biden also showed a similarity to the other packages that have been found all through today. It was misaddressed and returned to sender.
‘This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,’ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at an afternoon news conference.
The FBI has released a statement calling the investigation underway ‘the highest priority of the FBI.’
‘We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,’ Wray said. ‘We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.’
Vice President Mike Pence was quick to condemn the attacks in a tweet. ‘These cowardly actions are despicable and have no place in this country,’ he said. President Donald Trump responded to the tweet with an ‘I agree wholeheartedly’
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
The FBI has described the packages as pipe bombs from their initial investigations. At least one of the devices appeared to contain projectiles, including shards of glass, according to a law enforcement officer. The devices are rudimentary but functional.
The devices found in Time Warner Center’s mailroom is similar to the ones addressed to Obama, Clinton and billionaire investor and major Democratic donor George Soros, which was discovered earlier this week, a law enforcement source reveals.
The safety of the American People is my highest priority. I have just concluded a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Secret Service… pic.twitter.com/nEUBcq4NOh— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
The investigation to find the sender is ongoing.