The US Secret Service on Wednesday said it had intercepted suspicious packages, identified as potential explosive devices, sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama and former secretary of state and Democratic Party presidential candidate, 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.”
In the same vein, the Secret Service also intercepted a suspicious package addressed to the White House, according to CNN, whose New York office has been evacuated due to the fear of an explosive device.
It was learnt that the package aimed for the White House was similar to those sent to the home of Clinton and Obama.
Quoting an unnamed Secret Service, CNN said the device was rudimentary but functional.