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Arrest made over explosive component packages sent to military facilities

Fort Belvoir (Released)
March 27, 2018

Fox News reported Tuesday that a person has been arrested in connection with the mysterious packages with explosive components that were sent to military and intelligence facilities on Monday.

Fox cited a law enforcement official official as its source. The arrested person was not identified as male or female.

Up to six Washington, D.C.-area military and intelligence facilities received suspicious packages Monday that contained explosive components with “disturbing” letters, officials said and a local NBC affiliate first reported.

It was unclear if any of the packages contained an actual working explosive device; all packages have been rendered safe at this point. There was concern that more packages with potentially explosive materials could still be circulating.

The National Defense University at Fort McNair; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and another defense university, both at Fort Belvoir; Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling; a CIA mail processing facility; a White House mail processing facility and Dahlgren Naval Air Station all received suspicious packages, according to NBC.

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All facilities are cleared, and the FBI has the materials and is investigating them.

The National Defense University at Fort McNair was evacuated Monday morning and was cleared around 1:30 p.m. The NDU package had black powder and a GPS device with a fuse, according to U.S. Army spokesman Michael Howard.

Another package contained a liquid vial and a circuit board.

NBC also reported that some of the packages included rambling letters, and an official described them as “disturbing.”

Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said: “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.”

Authorities said they do not believe these incidents to be related to the Austin serial bombings earlier this month that terrorized that city.