US officials intercept ‘suspect packages’ sent to Clinton, Obama

Officials in the United States have said they have 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 US Secret Service on Wednesday said it recovered a single package addressed to Clinton in Westchester, a suburb north of Manhattan on Tuesday.

A second package was addressed to the Obama residence in Washington.

“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,” it said.

The Secret Service is investigating to determine who sent the packages.

The devices were similar to one found on Monday at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

More details are awaited.

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