Suspect package 'found at De Niro restaurant'

Secret Service: Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas

Secret Service: Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas

A series of pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has deepened political tensions and fears two weeks before national midterm elections.

A suspicious package has been removed from a building owned by Robert de Niro.

An eighth device was discovered early Thursday at an office in NY associated with actor Robert De Niro.

The official says it has similar markings and characteristics as the packages containing bombs sent to other prominent Democrats.

Those targeted have largely been vocal critics of President Donald Trump, including De Niro, and Democratic leaders.

The FBI late Wednesday confirmed that two additional packages, similar in appearance to the others, were addressed to Waters. Like others, the return address was an address of Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

The package sent to the Obamas was addressed to their Washington D.C. home.

CBS News reported early Thursday that an explosive device was also sent to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bill and Hillary Clinton: The package was addressed to their residence in Chappaqua, New York, and was intercepted Tuesday night by the Secret Service during routine mail inspection. It matches the description of those sent to the other officials. The former Central Intelligence Agency director frequently appears on CNN.

The bomb squad responded and removed the device, which was placed in an NYPD bomb vehicle to be taken to a safe area.

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Crude but functional low-ordnance explosive devices found in at least two of the packages consisted of a pipe, wires and black powder, a law enforcement official told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton.

The FBI said one of the two packages sent to Mr Biden - who once said he would have fought Mr Trump if they were in high school - was discovered at a mail facility in his home state of de and the second at another location.

"I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI", Waters said in a statement on October 24.

The first package, which turned up on Monday (local time), was addressed to Mr Soros, the billionaire financier and advocate of liberal, open-border values who is a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories.

The news organisation's NY staff were evacuated.

"New York Police swarmed a building associated with the Hollywood actor in Tribeca early Thursday morning after the suspicious package was found", the Daily Mail reported.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said about ths packages sent to Democratic figures and CNN, "Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that", he said.

Law enforcement officials told The Washington Post the devices had pipes stuffed with explosive material and were wrapped in electrical wire and tape, but they did not describe how they would have been detonated.

Brennan, one of the targets of the suspected pipe bombs, said Trump's critics "will not be intimidated into silence", in response to the president's tweet.

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