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Six suspicious packages sent to military sites around Washington DC

Six suspicious packages were intercepted at various military intelligence sites in the DC area Monday.

The FBI seized the packages that were stuffed with explosive components such as black powder, fuses, and circuit boards.

The first package raised alarm at The National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington DC around 8:30am, according to NBC News. 

The first suspicious package of six was reported at The National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington DC around 8:30am

Another package was also discovered at two sites at Fort Belvoir in Virginia in the afternoon, addressed to The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the defense university

Another package was also discovered at two sites at Fort Belvoir in Virginia in the afternoon, addressed to The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the defense university

Two additional packages were found at a CIA mail processing facility and a White House mail processing facility

Two additional packages were found at a CIA mail processing facility and a White House mail processing facility

The package was found to contain black powder, which can be used to make explosives.

An X-ray also found what appeared to be a GPS and a fuse.

The building was evacuated and later cleared around 1:15pm.

‘At 12:10 p.m., 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Fort Belvoir, VA, confirmed the package tested positive for black powder and residue, Army spokesman Michael L. Howard said in a statement.

‘The X-ray conducted indicates suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached. The package was rendered safe. No injuries are reported,’ he added. 

Parcels arrived to two sites at Fort Belvoir in Virginia in the afternoon, addressed to The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the defense university.

One of those packages contained liquid in a vial and a circuit board, according to law enforcement officials.

The packages were found at these three locations near the Capitol as well as CIA and White House mailing facilities

The packages were found at these three locations near the Capitol as well as CIA and White House mailing facilities

CNN reported that the packages were found laden with explosive materials but seemed to contain a working explosive device

CNN reported that the packages were found laden with explosive materials but seemed to contain a working explosive device

Another package was found Dahlgren Naval Air Station in Virginia.

A CIA mail processing facility and a White House mail processing facility also intercepted suspicious packages.

It is not clear if the parcels all contained working explosives.

Some of the deliveries were also accompanied with some long letters, described as rambling and disturbing, according to officials.

Officials do not believe the packages are linked to the bombings in Austin, Texas.

It is not yet clear if the packages are all linked to one another. 

CNN reported that the military bases where the packages were sent make up the backbone of military presence around the Capitol.  

‘We are tracking the delivery of suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the National Capital Region. This incident is currently under investigation and we refer all queries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,’ Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said to CNN.



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