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Suspicious Packages Containing Explosives Sent to US Military Bases

03-27-2018

A Washington state man has been taken into custody after suspicious packages were found at military bases and CIA headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the FBI, and officials said it's possible other packages were mailed to additional mail processing facilities in or near the nation's capital.

Thanh Cong Phan, 43, was arrested at his residence in Everett, Wash., Monday by the FBI Seattle's office and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Phan is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in the Western District of Washington, the FBI said.

An investigation determined Phan appeared to have sent the packages, which contained potential destructive devices, from the Seattle area to mail processing facilities at military bases and CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., the FBI said.

Several suspicious packages were sent to military locations near Washington, D.C., including two that were sent to Fort Belvoir and Fort McNair, Pentagon top brass confirmed to CBN News.

Military officials say at least one of the packages contained explosive materials but was rendered safe by members of the on base bomb squad after it was identified.

That package was sent to the National Defense University at Fort McNair, and arrived at 8.30 a.m. Monday, leading to the evacuation of the entire building, Army spokesman Michael L Howard said.

"At 12.10pm, 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Fort Belvoir, VA, confirmed the package tested positive for black powder and residue," Howard told CBN News in a statement. "The X-ray conducted indicates suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached. The package was rendered safe. No injuries are reported."

The packages are all being sent to be examined by the FBI in their lab in Quantico, Virginia.

The suspicious packages follow the saga in Austin, Texas, where several bombs were delivered to homes in packages. 

The suspect in that case killed himself after his car was surrounded by police.

Authorities tell CBN News there is no indication that the packages Monday were related.
 

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