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11th suspicious package found at Opa-locka mail facility, FBI says

Similar package addressed to NJ Sen. Cory Booker

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – An 11th package, similar in appearance to the other packages delivered to Democratic politicians and outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, has been recovered at a mail facility in Opa-locka, this one addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the FBI said Friday.

A law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press that the suspicious package addressed to Booker was found during an overnight search of the Opa-locka mail facility that lasted until 4 a.m.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was also the target of a 12th package that two officials told the AP was discovered at a postal facility in Manhattan.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, got emotional Thursday as she briefly talked about her name appearing in the return address on suspicious packages sent to prominent critics of Trump.

One of the packages was delivered to her Sunrise office Wednesday when it was returned by the U.S. Postal Service. Her name was misspelled on the label. It was addressed to Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General under President Barack Obama.

Her voice breaking, she said her staff handled the threat with bravery.

Wasserman Schultz was speaking at a Fort Lauderdale-area synagogue during a campaign event. She is a former chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee.

Other packages were intended for former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor Robert De Niro, philanthropist George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California.

The FBI is conducting a nationwide manhunt for whoever is sending the pipe bomb packages. Officials are trying to determine if the sender or senders was trying to sow fear or actually cause physical destruction.

Law-enforcement officials said investigators may get data from cell towers in the areas where they believe the bombs were mailed. The data from each area could be cross-referenced to make a list of phone numbers and, ultimately, phone users who were in the areas around the times the packages were mailed, further narrowing the search.

The FBI is also looking at the digital clocks in the devices, the pipes used to contain them, the tape, the wires, the potentially explosive powder and the glass used for shrapnel.
 


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