WORLD Man arrested in connection with suspicious packages: US official

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Man arrested in connection with suspicious packages: US official

By Zhang Mengxu | People's Daily app

23:09, October 26, 2018

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Police are seen on the scene where suspicious package was found in Midtown Manhattan on October 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: VCG)

Washington (People's Daily) - A man has been arrested in connection with the mail pipe bomb plot involving over than 10 packages sent in the past week to critics of President Donald Trump.

The US Department of Justice confirmed Friday that a man in Florida has been arrested in connection with the terrorism.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation. They covered the vehicle with a blue tarp.

The name of the person and any charges he might face was not immediately known.

Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said authorities planned to announce more information at a press conference.

Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper — both similar to those containing pipe bombs sent to other prominent critics of President Donald Trump— had been intercepted.

The discoveries — making 12 so far — further spurred a coast-to-coast investigation, as officials scrambled to locate a culprit and possible motive amid questions about whether new packages were being sent or simply surfacing after a period in mail system.

The devices have targeted well-known Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

(With input from AP)

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