Pipe bomb suspect ‘had list of tar­gets’

The Gulf Today - - AMERICAS -

MI­AMI: The man sus­pected of send­ing pipe bombs to promi­nent Democrats and other op­po­nents of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump kept a list of ELECTED ofi­cials AND oth­ers who in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve were in­tended tar­gets, An OFICIAL SAID on Mon­day.

The dis­clo­sure came as 56-year-old Ce­sar Sayoc made his ini­tial court ap­pear­ance in Mi­ami fed­eral court Mon­day, say­ing lit­tle but tear­ing up, and after Bomb squads were CALLED to A post OFICE in At­lanta about a sus­pi­cious mail­ing to CNN sim­i­lar to the pipe bomb pack­ages re­cov­ered in the case last week.

THE OFICIAL SAID Au­thor­i­ties HAD re­cov­ered sol­der­ing equip­ment, a prin­ter, and stamps sim­i­lar to those used on the pack­age bombs in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Sayoc, who was ar­rested last week in Florida. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve Sayoc was putting ex­plo­sives to­gether in his van.

THE OFICIAL wasn’t Au­tho­rised to dis­cuss the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity to THE AP. THE OFICIAL Also SAID that, as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, au­thor­i­ties were scru­ti­niz­ing Sayoc’s so­cial me­dia posts.

The FBI said via its Twit­ter ac­count that the re­cov­ered pack­age in At­lanta was “sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance” to the bub­blewrapped­mani­laen­velope­sauthor­i­ties­say were sent by Sayoc to in­tended tar­gets from Delaware to Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den.

CNN Pres­i­dent Jeff Zucker says all mail to CNN has been screened off­site since last week, when a se­ries of pack­age bombs be­gan ap­pear­ing around the coun­try. Among them were two ap­par­ent mail bombs sent to CNN.

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