Multiple explosive devices have been found in the mail addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the White House and CNN’s New York newsroom – as investigators probe whether the ‘similar’ packages are the work of a serial bomber.
Secret Service agents revealed on Wednesday they had intercepted two packages en route to former President Obama’s Washington D.C. home and Hillary and Bill Clinton’s property in Chappaqua, New York.
A pipe bomb addressed to the White House was reportedly discovered at a military base in Washington D.C., a law enforcement source told CNN.
A short time later another suspicious package was discovered at the Time Warner Center in New York where CNN’s newsroom is located.
The package containing a ‘functional explosive device’ that was addressed to Clinton was found late Tuesday, while another package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday.
A law enforcement official told the Washington Post that investigators believe the devices are the work of the same person who sent a similar package to liberal billionaire George Soros’ home on Monday.
Two bombs have been found in the mail addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Secret Service
Both the packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama.
The Secret Service said the packages sent to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such.
They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama.
‘(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,’ a Secret Service statement said.
Authorities have launched a multi-agency investigation to identify those responsible.
Meanwhile, CNN’s office in New York City was also evacuated on Wednesday following reports of a suspicious package.
The package sent to Hillary and Bill’s home (above) was found by an employee who screens mail for the former President and Secretary of State
A device addressed to former President Obama’s home in Washington D.C. (pictured above) was intercepted by Secret Service early Wednesday morning
The White House issued a statement regarding the devices addressed to Obama and Clinton condemning the ‘violent attacks’.
“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,’ a statement from press secretary Sarah 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.’