US: Explosive devices found near Obama, Clinton homes

By Umar Farooq

WASHINGTON

Two packages containing explosive devices were found near the homes of Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Barack Obama, the Secret Service said Wednesday.

Late Tuesday, an explosive device addressed to Obama was intercepted at his home in Washington D.C. and early Wednesday morning a similar package was found by the Secret Service addressed to Clinton at her home in New York.

The Secret Service noted the packages were identified during mail screening procedures, and discovered they contained explosive devices.

Both devices were intercepted prior to reaching their intended target, and Clinton and Obama were not at risk of receiving the packages.

“The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible,” the agency said in a statement.

The New Castle Police Department assisted the Secret Service, FBI, and the Westchester Police Department in investigating the “suspicious package” received at the home of Clinton.

The White House also received a similar “suspicious package” that was intercepted before reaching its target, CNN reported.

The Time Warner Center, the location of CNN’s New York bureau, was also evacuated after receiving a “suspicious device” intercepted in its mail room.

A bomb squad reported to the building to investigate.

The discovery of the packages comes a day after another package containing an explosive device was found outside the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros in his home in suburban New York.


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