Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Responding to reports of suspicious package in Tribeca area of NYC

Responding to reports of suspicious package in Tribeca area of NYC

The package sent to CNN contained a live explosive, with wires and a black pipe, and an envelope with white powder, officials said.

Suspicious packages addressed to Biden that appeared similar to other packages containing bombs were intercepted at mail facilities in DE, the Associated Press reports. It was addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, sources tell the Associated Press.

In a statement, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said: "There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media".

She told reporters Thursday there's a big difference between "comments made and actions taken".

Three bomb-like devices were found earlier Thursday, one in Lower Manhattan near the offices of actor Robert De Niro and two in Delaware addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden. The package contained a pipe bomb and was addressed to De Niro, whose Tribeca Productions shares the restaurant's address. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, had posted social media messages suggesting he targeted the team because of his political views.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror", Brennan tweeted. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the sources said.

"Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself", Trump said. "Clean up your act....try to act Presidential".

He further thanked all law enforcement officers at an event regarding the opioid crisis.

What police termed a live explosive device that arrived in an envelope addressed to Brennan at CNN's NY bureau prompted the evacuation of the Time Warner Center for hours on Wednesday.

None of the intercepted bombs detonated, and no one was hurt.

The station said a maintenance worker at the building called police after seeing the news from Wednesday and remembering that he had handled a similar package the day before.

A law enforcement official said the package has similar characteristics to several others that were discovered this week. Each bore a computer-printed address label and six "Forever" postage stamps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and therefore talked to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Very early Thursday morning, President Trump appeared to indirectly address speculation that his own incendiary rhetoric against the media may have inspired said perpetrator.

De Niro
A Bomb Was Sent to Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill

Law enforcement officials said all the packages were similar: manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior bearing six stamps and the return address of Florida Rep. One was intercepted at a Los Angeles mail facility.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the explosive device sent to the CNN offices in the Time Warner Center "an effort to terrorize" and "an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press". Trump frequently labels stories he doesn't like as "fake news".

'It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description.

American TV channel CNN published a photograph of the contents of a suspicious package that was sent to them by post in the Time Warner Center in NY.

Security personnel at Tribeca Productions summoned police at around 5 a.m. on Thursday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

At least 10 possible bombs were sent to various locations and intercepted since Monday.

USA authorities are searching for suspects in the sending of package bombs to high-profile Democrats in what's been called a terrorist act that's raised tensions in a nation already polarised ahead of elections in November.

The FBI said the package intended for the former first lady and secretary of state Clinton was found in the vicinity of her residence in Chappaqua, New York.

All of the suspicious packages were sent to people who have been verbally attacked by President Donald Trump and been vocally critical of him.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said on the package was removed, but a heavy police presence was still expected in the area.

On Thursday morning, he did not address the bomb scare directly, but he accused the news media of fanning hatred.

The devices are believed to be pipe bombs, inherently unstable, and at risk of being set off just by handling.

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