US intercepts suspect packages sent to Clinton, Obama

Former US President Barack Obama

New York – The US Secret Service said Wednesday it had intercepted suspect packages, identified as potential explosive devices, sent to the homes of former president Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service said it recovered a single package addressed to Clinton in Westchester, a suburb north of Manhattan on Tuesday, and a second package addressed to the Obama residence in Washington on Wednesday.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

“The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”

Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, the US Secret Service said it had intercepted suspect packages, identified as potential explosive devices, sent to the homes of Clinton and Barack Obama. File picture: Seth Wenig/AP Photo.

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