4th Suspicious Package Reported at DC Mail Facility

Posted: January 13, 2011 in Anarchists & Communists

WASHINGTON – Bomb technicians were investigating a report of a suspicious package at a Washington mail facility on Wednesday, days after three incendiary parcels shook the region. Fire trucks, ambulances and police cars were responding to the facility and the street it is on was blocked off. D.C. police spokeswoman Istmania Bonilla did not have any additional information. Richard J. Wolf, a spokesman for the FBI’s Baltimore field office, said investigators were aware of the package and were looking into whether it is linked to the ones sent last week. Authorities in Washington and Maryland are still investigating the packages that ignited last week. The first two packages were discovered Thursday and addressed to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and state Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley. The packages smoked and emitted a small flame that singed the fingers of the two employees who opened them. The packages included a note complaining about Maryland’s toll-free terrorism tip line, which is sometimes advertised on highway signs urging motorists to report suspicious activity. A day later, a package addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was reported smoking and popping at a Washington mail facility. Authorities believe Napolitano was targeted in part for a campaign called “see something, say something,” that urges people to report suspicious activity. An FBI terrorism task force is investigating the packages, which were sent to an FBI crime lab for analysis. Authorities have no suspects and have been tightlipped about the progress of the probe.



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