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24 oct. 2018 | 18h12 UTC

US: Explosive devices sent to multiple public officials intercepted October 24 /update 1

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

Explosive devices sent to multiple public officials in New York City, Washington, DC, and other addresses intercepted by police October 24; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions to be expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/10/2018, 12h00 until 25/10/2018, 11h59 (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION New York City, Washington, DC, Chappaqua (New York state), Katonah (New York state), Sunrise (Florida), Capitol Heights (Maryland)

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Event

Several suspected explosive devices mailed or otherwise sent to multiple prominent American public officials were intercepted by police on Wednesday, October 24. The devices were sent to the residence of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Chappaqua, NY), the office of former President Barack Obama (Washington, DC), former US Attorney General Eric Holder (received at the office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz [Sunrise, FL]), former CIA Director John Brennan (received at Time Warner Center, New York City), Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan (New York City) office, and reportedly to Congresswoman Maxine Waters (received at a congressional mail screening center in Capitol Heights [Maryland]). An envelope containing a suspicious white powder was also reportedly intercepted on Wednesday at the Time Warner Center (New York City), which was evacuated. Earlier reports on Wednesday claimed that a suspicious package had been addressed to the White House; such reports have since been rescinded by the US Secret Service.

All the packages sent to the abovementioned individuals and locations have been intercepted by police; the explosive devices have not caused any casualties. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near affected sites. Similar incidents are possible in the coming hours and days.

Context

This series of attempted bombings follows a similar incident in which a suspicious device was found in a mailbox at the home of billionaire George Soros in Katonah (NY) on October 22. While authorities have not named any suspects or motive as of Wednesday afternoon (local time), the packages have apparently mostly targeted figures critical of President Donald Trump, many of whom are Democratic Party officials, donors, or have worked in a Democratic administration.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the vicinity of the Time Warner Center and other targeted sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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