Several of the packages went through an American post office in Opa-Locka, Florida. Two troops who knew the investigation said.…
Several of the packages went through an American post office in Opa-Locka, Florida. Two troops who knew the investigation said.
On Thursday night, the police department in Miami-Dade County said it helped federal agents on the site as part of the ongoing investigation.
“This tool is a precautionary measure,” the department was assigned. “We can not provide additional information at this time due to the active nature of this federal investigation.”
The news came on a day when three more packages of potential bombs were discovered. A total of 10 units, none of which have exploded, have been found, including two packages addressed to former vice president Joe Biden.
Earlier Thursday, a suspicious package was reported addressed to actor and drum critic Robert De Niro in the Manhattan building where his production company is based.
Its labeling and content are similar to the other tube packets, said two law enforcement sources.
The law enforcement agencies treat the bombs as a domestic terrorist subject.
0 packages went through the US post, according to several law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.
The one delivered to CNN’s office in New York was delivered by a courier, said one of the law enforcement officers.
George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist who has supported Democrats, also uses a courier picking up his mail at a post office, going through and delivering the filtered items to his home, said the source. It is possible that the private company employed to handle his letter was the one who delivered the package to his home.
Some packages are probably sent through first-class mail, another source familiar with the survey.
A law enforcement official who is aware of the investigation said that a suspected powder from a package was tested and was originally considered to be anthrax or known agent.
A bomber was taken to an FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. . The source added that there will be more tests in the coming days.
A key authority is puzzling over why none of the apparent bombs detonated, a law enforcement source
The FBI called them “potentially destructive units” – so either the bomber was good enough to no one would go and never thought they would explode or they were badly constructed.
The existence of what is believed to be pyrotechnic powder is a reason why the authorities consider that they are potentially destructive, even though they appear to be handled by the mail system – where they were jostling and moving – without any explosion.
Outside experts have pointed to the lack of a triggering mechanism, which indicates that they were never destined to explode.
“The one who does this only tries to cause fear or disturb something,” said Ryan Morris, founder of Tripwire Operations Group, a company that supplies explosives education to law enforcement and military officials. He had examined images of the devices sent to Soros and to CNN’s New York office.
“There are a lot of sophisticated methods that would have worked if they really wanted it to work,” he added.
The device included very common components, making it harder to get clues from the bomb’s signature. But the components can still give clues – like the clock and it used the tape.
The motif is unknown but the recipients are all prominent targets for right criticism and in many fall of Trump himself.
Authorities do not give credibility to the reports of an image of the ISIS flag on the device, “said the source, suggesting that they do not believe it is international terrorism. The image seems to be a spoof of an ISIS flag that has spread a lot on the Internet, a picture that essentially parodies the ISIS flag, as the source added.
When a reporter asked if there could be more bombs yet to be discovered, New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil said that it was unclear.
“But with the postal services that are here we do our best to make sure that if there is someone out there we identify them quickly,” he said.
CNNs Brynn Gingras, Shimon Prokupecz, Josh Campbell, Ryan Nobles and Julia Jones contributed to this report.