A Washington DC Radio Station received explosive device similar to those sent to Joe Biden and Robert De Niro

A Washington DC Radio Station received explosive device similar to those sent to Joe Biden and Robert De Niro

A radio station broadcasting over 105.9 FM and AM 630 in Washington DC, was briefly evacuated on Thursday after a suspicious package reached the office. The entire office was evacuated so the package could be examined, but it turned out to be a false alarm. The package had elements similar to the pipe bombs sent to high profile politicians earlier this week, however it may have been a copycat, and does not appear to be connected to that pipe bomb scare.

“I saw the package mailed to @WMALDC,” Larry O’Connor, who hosts a show at the radio network, said in a Thursday afternoon tweet. The station is known to broadcast conservative talk radio icons including Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh in addition to O’Connor. The studio is located in DC’s northwest quadrant.

​”Though it does not look like the other packages we have seen the past day or two, there were similarities. DC police examined it and immediately ordered full evacuation,” O’Connor reported.

The radio show interrupted their segment around 5 p.m. and were back on at 5:45 p.m.

Few hours prior to this there were two more pacakages containing Improvised Explosive Devices sent to a New York restaurant owned by the actor Robert De Niro and Former Vice-President Joe Biden received two suspect packages.
This the latest incident occurring after Donald Trump marks the eight critic to receive such a device this week.

The NYPD – New York Police Department said that the building also houses his production company TriBeCa Films – was empty at the time the suspicious device arrived, NBC reports.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the “really quick-witted work of a security guard” who alerted authorities.

According to the Associated Press, the security guard was off work on Thursday and had seen an image in a news report of the packages others had received. The security guard then recalled spotting similar package in the mailroom of the building and immediately called the authorities to remove the device immediately.

“We have to be ready for any eventuality,” Mr de Blasio said. “It might be hours, it might be days, it might be weeks.”

Shortly after the media reported on this President Trump tweeted without refrencing the device or the event by saying : “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News.”

“We have to be ready for any eventuality,” Mr de Blasio said. “It might be hours, it might be days, it might be weeks.”

CNN’s New York office was also evacuated on Wednesday morning, after the package addressed to Mr Brennan was found in its mailroom.

Two devices were sent to separate offices for Congresswoman Waters.

None of the devices after  went off. The FBI has launched a manhunt for their sender.

The attempted bombings come just under two weeks before the mid-term elections, with US politics highly polarised.

President Trump first responded on Wednesday by saying: “Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.

“No-one should carelessly compare political opponents to historic villains, which is done often.”

He also told the media to end the “constant negative and oftentimes false attacks”.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who was targeted at the CNN office on Wednesday, tweeted to Mr Trump on Thursday: “Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful.”

An FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force “will continue to work to identify and arrest whosoever is responsible for sending these packages,” the agency’s director Christopher Wray said in a statement.