Explosives sent to Obama, Clinton, and CNN: All about the pipe bombs and their packaging

New York: The New York Police on Wednesday obstructed the further ongoing of the suspicious package of potential explosive containing a pipe bomb, which was being sent to former US President Barack Obama, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other high profile Democrats.

The explosive was taken in custody by the New York police and no casualties has been transpired, while New York officials described it as “an act of terrorism”.

NY Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller said the devices in the packages appear to be pipe bombs.

“This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.

CNN news bureau in New York at the Time Warner Centre also received suspicious explosives packets similar to those sent to Obama and Clinton containing a white powder inside, addressed to John Brennan, former Director Central Intelligence Agency.

NY Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller said the devices in the packages appear to be pipe bombs.

Jim Sciutto, co-anchor of CNN Newsroom & Chief National Security Correspondent stated that Explosive devices sent to Obama, Clinton, CNN & others appear to have sulphur substance; FBI counterterrorism team now leading an investigation.

A similar pipe bomb was delivered earlier this week to the home of George Soros, a major Democratic Party donor.

CNN 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,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that,” he added.

Details about explosives sent to Obama, Clinton and other Democrats

Barack Obama

  • On Wednesday morning in routine mail screening, a suspicious package containing explosives was found.
  • The package was in a manilla envelope and had multiple stamps on it. It appeared to be a working explosive, although analysis is pending further testing.
  • The package listed a return address as one belonging to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Hillary Clinton

  • Secret Service screeners reviewing mail to Hillary Clinton at an outside mail sorting facility find a potentially explosive device addressed to the former secretary of state.
  • The package was in a manilla envelope and had multiple stamps on it. It appeared to be a working explosive, although analysis is pending further testing.
  • The package listed a return address as one belonging to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

CNN/Brennan

  • A suspicious parcel with a manila outer packaging and stamps, is discovered in CNN Bureau at the Time Warner Centre Wednesday, addressed to former CIA director John Brennan.
  • The device inside the package appeared to be a “live explosive,” NYPD commissioner O’Neill said.
  • An envelope with white powder was also found in the packaging.
  • The device also included a parody image of the ISIS flag.
  • The building was evacuated while the package is removed.

Suspicious packages were also sent to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, George Soros, Eric Holder, and Maxine Waters, all those prominent figures were also the targets of explosive devices.

All the devices were packed in envelopes lined with Bubble Wrap and bearing return addresses with the name of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who was once chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, the F.B.I. said. The mailing labels were computer-printed, and six first-class stamps were affixed to all of the envelopes.

Over the past three days, at least seven explosive devices have been discovered.