International desk –People across the globe are stunned after authorities have intercepted bombs intended for US President Donald Trump’s critics, including his predecessor Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Several other political figures and a media outlet, CNN, were also targeted, according to media reports.
Authorities are investigating the attempts as a connected series of incidents, according to CNN.
CNN’s New York bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated after a package containing a bomb, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered, city and local law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
In addition, a suspicious package intended for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was intercepted at a congressional mail screening facility in Maryland; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received what he said was a device at his Manhattan office; and the San Diego Union-Tribune evacuated its building after “suspicious looking packages” were spotted outside.
“This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.
Later Wednesday night, two officers told CNN that law enforcement officials are trying to track down a package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden now considered suspicious because of similarities to other packages.
The package was misaddressed and returned to sender.
The devices are suspected to be pipe bombs. None of them exploded, according to BBC.
The ones addressed to Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were intercepted by security services before they were delivered.
They were all sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap, addressed with computer-printed labels. Each listed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as the sender, although her name was misspelt.
In a statement, the Florida congresswoman said she was “deeply disturbed” by the way her name was used.
The package addressed to Brennan was sent to CNN as he was scheduled to appear on the network on Wednesday, US media report.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill also said law enforcement is analysing an “envelope containing white powder” that was found in the packaging of that device sent to CNN.
President Trump vowed that “the full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation.”
“We will spare no resources or expense in this effort,” Trump said at the top of his remarks at a White House opioid epidemic bill signing event.
He said he had just concluded a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Homeland Security Department and Secret Service.
The President — who has recently taken to calling his political opponents “evil” — called for unity in his remarks and said “we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”