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Bombs sent to Obamas, Clintons, CNN

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM
New York City Police Department officers arrive outside the Time Warner Center, in New York, yesterday. A police bomb squad was sent to CNN's offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package.

WASHINGTON (AP):

Crude pipe bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, CNN and others were intercepted Tuesday night and yesterday in a rash of attacks aimed at prominent Democrats and a cable-news network often criticised by political conservatives.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his office received a similar package, and the FBI said Florida Rep Deborah Wasserman Schultz did, too, possibly misaddressed and then sent to her as the return addressee. A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.

There were no explosions and no reports of injuries.

The bombs were intercepted two weeks before nationwide elections that could reshape Congress and serve as a referendum on the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency. The events quickly overtook other campaign news in an already-tense political season, which has included pitched fights over immigration, the Supreme Court, and sexual violence against women.

The White House quickly condemned the attacks aimed at Democrats and perceived foes of the administration. Republican Vice-President Mike Pence said they "have no place in this country", and Trump tweeted, "I agree wholeheartedly."

All the confirmed bombs appeared to come from the same person or persons, said John Miller, the New York Police Department's head of intelligence and counterterrorism, who briefed reporters in New York.

The US Secret Service intercepted a bomb that was addressed to Hillary Clinton at the Chappaqua, New York, home she shares with former President Bill Clinton and another that was sent to former President Obama at his home with Michelle Obama in Washington. A police bomb squad removed still another from CNN's New York headquarters, which was evacuated.