Suspicious packages at DC-area military bases investigated, rendered safe, officials say

Suspicious packages sent to military locations

Suspicious packages sent to military locations

A man has been arrested for allegedly sending suspicious packages to several US military and intelligence installations in the Washington area, according to multiple news reports citing law enforcement officials.

Phan is accused of sending multiple packages by mail to Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Fort Lesley McNair, the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren Virginia and to the CIA's offices in Langley, Virginia.

The building was evacuated and the 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Fort Belvoir examined the package. An X-ray showed what appeared to be a Global Positioning System and a fuse.

Law enforcement officials told the broadcaster the packages were sent through the post.

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It was not immediately known what had tipped off authorities to deem the packages suspicious, but authorities said at least one of the packages contained black powder. He was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from the Seattle field office and Snohomish County sheriff's deputies around 12 hours after the first package was discovered. No injuries have been reported.

Each package was collected and will be analyzed at the FBI Laboratory at Quantico, Virginia.

That package contained explosive material, testing positive for black powder and residue. It was quickly rendered safe, the military said.

In its statement on Tuesday, the FBI said its investigation is ongoing with the U.S. Postal Service.

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All of the packages differed, although some of them included "disturbing" and rambling letters, and some of them held components used to make explosives.

Several package bombs left on doorsteps and some sent from a Federal Express office detonated in Austin, Texas, leaving two people dead and others injured. Authorities fear more packages could still be out there.

Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said they are aware of the situation and it is being investigated.

'We are tracking the delivery of suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the National Capital Region.

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