Secret Service intercepts suspected bomb sent to Obama, Clintons

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – According to the US Secret Service, one package sent to Clinton residence in Westchester County, New York, was found on Tuesday, while the second one addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday morning.

US federal authorities have intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the federal law enforcement agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The US Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees,” the statement said, adding that one package sent to Clinton residence in Westchester County, New York was found on Tuesday, while the second one addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday morning.

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According to the Secret Service, both the packages were identified during routine mail screening procedures. Neither the Clintons nor Obama received the packages or were at risk of receiving them.

The incidents have prompted federal authorities to launch of a full-scale criminal investigation to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible, the Secret Service added.

The statement of the Secret Service comes following reports on October 23 that an explosive device was found near the home of Hungarian-American financier and Democratic Party sponsor George Soros in Westchester County, New York. Law enforcement officials later noted the device had the components of a bomb and contained explosive powder. The device was detonated as a precaution and no one was injured.

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