Suspicious packages sent to military bases in Washington, DC, area

28 March, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Suspicious packages sent to military bases in Washington, DC, area

A Washington state man has been arrested for allegedly sending package bombs that did not explode to USA military sites and a Central Intelligence Agency mail office in the Washington, D.C., area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday.

The other packages were later deemed to be safe but no further information was available on what they contained. "The X-ray conducted indicates suspected Global Positioning System and an expedient fuse were attached".

Tests and an X-rays of one package sent to Fort Belvoir showed it contained black powder, residue, suspected Global Positioning System and a fuse.

The National Defense University at Fort McNair received at least one package containing potentially explosive material at 8:30 a.m. local time, according to CNN. The package was rendered safe.

The sites included Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the District of Columbia and at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia, according to the accounts.

Williams said "It's obvious they were on to this person quite quickly", adding that authorities had some indication of their suspicions Monday evening. Law enforcement officials asked not to be identified discussing the case because the investigation continues.

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Among the facilities where the packages were shipped were Fort McNair, in the nation's capital, and Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, both U.S. Army bases. "No injuries are reported", said Army spokesman Michael L. Howard in a statement.

It's not clear if any of the packages was an actual working explosive device that could have been detonated.

An Everett man was taken into custody in connection with suspicious packages discovered at military bases near Washington D.C., CBS News reports.

Some of the deliveries were also accompanied with some long letters, described as rambling and disturbing, according to officials.

In the statement, Army Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said "this incident is now under investigation".

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