Now bombs 'target' De Niro and Biden

US President Donald Trump

- Federal authorities arrested a man in Florida on Friday in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages, the Justice Department said.

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to confirm that a package addressed to Mr Biden was found, instead saying only that local and state police, along with US Postal Service investigators and FBI agents, were "responding this morning to a United States Postal facility in DE to conduct law enforcement activity".

A 12th package, identified by police as a pipe bomb similar to others found across the country, was found at a US Post Office in Manhattan and the bomb squad were dispatched, NY police said.

Investigators said suspicious packages addressed to Robert De Niro and Joe Biden were similar to crude pipe bombs sent to former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN.

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the suspicious packages sent to prominent critics of Donald Trump, officials have said.

Since Monday homemade bombs and other suspected explosive devices have been addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro and a litany of figures loathed by the United States president's supporters.

One thing is for sure: the two new targets announced Thursday, are also very hostile to Trump: the actor starred Robert de Niro, who is seen to send a spacecraft potentially explosive through the offices of his production company, has participated in many demonstrations anti-Trump. None had exploded, and it wasn't immediately clear if they were meant to cause physical harm or simply sow fear and anxiety.

The episode has sparked an outcry from Trump's critics charging that his inflammatory rhetoric against perceived enemies among Democrats and the press has fostered a climate ripe for politically motivated violence.

Trump long questioned Obama's USA citizenship and referred to Clinton, whom he defeated in the 2016 presidential race, as "crooked Hillary".

"There's something more powerful than bombs, and that's your vote", the 75-year-old Hollywood star said.

A police officer and dog are shown outside a postal facility, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Opa-locka, Fla. Miller said the retired detective recognized the packages when he saw images of them on the news Wednesday evening.

The package addressed to him was discovered at a postal facility in Manhattan that is near several Broadway theaters.

All 10 packages went through the U.S. mail, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. Clapper is a contributor for CNN.

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The FBI said the packages found so far had shared characteristics, including manila envelopes with bubble-wrapped interiors.

Packages have been intercepted in New York, Maryland, Florida, Delaware and Los Angeles.

Police have sent the package to a secure facility in the Bronx, New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill said on Twitter.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro said of the incident in a statement obtained by EW. The bombs have been sent across the country - from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California, where Rep. Maxine Waters was targeted.

The suspicious packages addressed to the Oscar-winning star, who has been public in his opposition to President Donald Trump, and to Mr Biden set off a new wave of alarm.

The officials weren't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The bombs have heightened tensions during the closing days of a highly contentious campaign ahead of the November 6 elections in which Democrats are battling to seize control of Congress now held by Trump's Republican Party.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror".

New York's state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was unimpressed. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper at CNN's address.

The bombs seized on Wednesday were about six inches long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.

"First, I wanna say, 'f**k Trump, '" De Niro said.

The first such package had been discovered on Monday at the NY home of George Soros, a billionaire activist known to fund pro-democracy and liberal political groups. Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 presidential election opponent, and former President Barack Obama also received parcels, along with CNN.

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