Area Military Sites Sent Suspicious Packages That Included 'Disturbing' Letters

Multiple suspicious packages sent to DC-area military and intelligence installations

Multiple suspicious packages sent to DC-area military and intelligence installations

The FBI has taken custody of multiple suspicious packages sent to military locations and the Central Intelligence Agency in the Washington, DC area, officials said Monday.

Tests and an X-rays of one package sent to Fort Belvoir showed it contained black powder, residue, suspected Global Positioning System and a fuse.

'The X-ray conducted indicates suspected Global Positioning System and an expedient fuse were attached.

Last month, a suspicious package was sent to Fort Myer near the Pentagon, but no hazardous material was found.

The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service also are working to see whether any other suspicious packages might be moving through the mail to other potential targets in the Washington D.C. area.

The packages are all being sent to be examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their lab in Quantico, Virginia. Black powder is an ingredient of some explosive devices.

Parcels arrived to two sites at Fort Belvoir in Virginia in the afternoon, addressed to The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the defense university. It is possible that further packages were mailed to additional mail processing facilities in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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"The FBI responded to multiple government facilities today for the reports of suspicious packages".

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

All of the packages differed, although some of them included "disturbing" and rambling letters, and some of them held components used to make explosives.

The suspicious packages follow the saga in Austin, Texas, where several bombs were delivered to homes in packages.

Army Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza says the incident is under investigation and the Pentagon was referring all inquiries to the FBI.

It is also unclear whether each facility randomly found suspicious packages or whether an alert was sent out after one was found to be suspicious.

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