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Cuomo's office among those with suspicious packages

October 24, 2018 07:36 PM

The FBI is investigating a rash of explosive devices and suspicious packages sent to government officials and the media.

The NYPD says the explosive device sent to CNN headquarters in New York City appears to be sent by the same person who mailed pipe bombs to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama and George Soros.

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A suspicious package also ended up at the Florida office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Governor Cuomo's office says he received a suspicious package, later learning it contained computer files on the hate group The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York.

It was during a press conference a little after 12:30 Wednesday afternoon when Governor Cuomo confirmed a package had been delivered to his offices on 3rd Avenue in New York City.

Authorities say they are taking all of these very seriously -- calling them acts of terror.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are now involved in this investigation.

Outside of the Clinton home in Chappaqua a little before noon Wednesday, you could see local police guarding outside the gates.

NewsChannel 13 is told federal authorities did a thorough sweep of the property. The FBI says a pipe bomb device was intercepted in the mail sometime during the overnight hours addressed to Hillary Clinton, but it was never brought to the property. 

The FBI says that device along with some of the others was being transported to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia to be analyzed and tested.

Authorities say at least some of the packages also contained a white powdery substance. That's also being tested.

Authorities say these appear to be very targeted attacks that are political in nature.

There is increased security at several locations. That includes state and city police on the corners, as well as federal unmarked cars lining the street. 

Westchester County also says they're increasing the level of screening they do on packages that come through various facilities there.

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Jacquie Slater

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