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11th, 12th suspicious packages sent to Sen. Corey Booker and former DNI Clapper

NYPD officers respond to a bomb threat. (Ethan Kavet/Flickr)
October 26, 2018

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Two more suspicious packages have been found addressed to two top Democrats.

The latest packages, discovered Friday morning, were addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker at his Camden, N.J. office, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper at CNN headquarters in New York City, according to CNBC News.

The package sent to Booker was intercepted in a South Florida mail processing facility. It is the 11th suspicious package to be uncovered this week, several of which have been referred to as pipe bomb packages by authorities.

The FBI confirmed the package at 8:45 a.m. in a tweet, saying, “The FBI has confirmed an 11th package has been recovered in Florida, similar in appearance to the others, addressed to Sen. Cory Booker.”

In a separate concurrent incident Friday morning, law enforcement responded to an incident in Manhattan of another suspicious package.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) cordoned off an area at a midtown Manhattan Post Office facility at West 52nd Street between 8th and 9th avenues, according to WNBC.

The package – the 12th this week – was addressed to Clapper at CNN headquarters, but intercepted at a nearby postal facility, sources told the Associated Press.

All previous packages have been sent to FBI labs for analysis. An FBI investigation deemed a “top priority” is underway to locate the sender of the packages.

Authorities are investigating leads in south Florida.

Ten packages sent to top Democrat politicians and figures were uncovered earlier this week.

The series of packages began on Monday when a suspicious package was found in a mailbox at the home of billionaire George Soros, and was later confirmed to contain a pipe bomb.

On Wednesday, numerous other packages were found as they were intercepted during processing. They were addressed to former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former CIA Director John Brennan at CNN headquarters in NYC.

Later in the day, even more packages surfaced.

One package was sent to the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose Sunrise, Fla. office was listed as the return address for all the discovered packages. The package was originally sent to the office of former Attorney General Eric Holder, but returned to the address of Wasserman Schultz.

Also late Wednesday, two packages were intercepted in two different cities addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters. One package was sent to her Washington, D.C office, prompting an evacuation. The other package was addressed to Waters at her home address.

Three additional suspicious packages containing pipe bombs were discovered early Thursday morning.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro are the latest Democratic figures to receive manila envelopes containing pipe bombs, according to CNBC News.

All packages were intercepted during processing and did not make it to their intended recipients.