Area Military Sites Sent Suspicious Packages That Included 'Disturbing' Letters

Area Military Sites Sent Suspicious Packages That Included 'Disturbing' Letters

Kerry Wise
March 28, 2018

A US law enforcement official told the Associated Press that the packages contained black powder along with rambling, nonsensical notes similar to those Phan has been known to send in the past.

It is also unclear whether each facility randomly found suspicious packages or whether an alert was sent out after one was found to be suspicious. X-ray scans also confirmed that the package had contained several other components that were commonly used on improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

Suspicious packages were received on Monday at mail processing sites at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, which is a Navy-Air Force facility in the District of Columbia; and Fort Lesley J. McNair in the US capital, the agency said.

Investigators are still trying to determine if all of the packages are linked and if all of them were sent from a single location.

Among the facilities where the packages were shipped were Fort McNair, in the nation's capital, and Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, both U.S. Army bases. Another, contained a circuit board and a vial filled with an unidentified liquid.

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All the suspicious-package incidents that had been reported throughout Monday morning and afternoon had ended with no injuries. Court documents are expected to give insight into how many packages were mailed and whether or not the devices were actually explosive. Some included letters that one official described as disturbed and rambling.

The Defense Department said they are tracking the delivery of suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the Washington, D.C., region.

In the statement, Army Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said "this incident is now under investigation".

Authorities have arrested a man in Washington state in connection with the appearance of a number of suspicious packages on Monday at federal facilities around Washington, D.C.