Suspicious packages sent to military bases in DC area, US

A man has been arrested in Washington State, after he was suspected of sending suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the Washington, D.C., region on Monday, according to a US law enforcement official.

A law enforcement official told CBS News that authorities in Washington State arrested the suspect, who will likely appear in court later on Tuesday.

The bases have not confirmed whether the packages were actually explosive, but media reports indicated they were all rendered "inert" by disposal teams at the bases. An X-ray examination showed what looked like some kind of Global Positioning System device and a fuse.

According to CNN, the National Defense University at Fort McNair received the suspicious package Monday morning around 8:30 a.m.

The National Defense University at Fort McNair was cleared for re-entry after K-9 sweep and personnel returned to the building by 1:15 pm ET.

The packages were sent to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, the military bases at Fort Belvoir and Fort McNair, as well as a naval support facility in Dahlgren, Virginia.

During screening, the packages were found to be suspicious, although it is unclear what made them suspicious. It said the packages contained "potential destructive devices" and cautioned that similar packages could have been mailed in the area that have not yet been found.

Packages were also sent to Dahlgren Naval Air Station and two sites at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

The sites included Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the District of Columbia and at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia, according to the accounts. Law enforcement officials described the incident as possible terrorism.

Additional packages may have been mailed to the Washington, D.C. -metro area prior to Phan's arrest, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned.

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

Multiple packages containing explosive components were sent to key military and intelligence installations around the Washington area.


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