As many as 10 suspicious packages containing what looked to be homemade pipe bombs were sent to prominent liberal politicians, donors and critics of President Donald Trump this week.
The packages have set off a new national media firestorm as the FBI is investigating the contents and looking for clues as to who could be behind them.
While President Donald Trump has condemned the packages and called for a step toward unity, critics on the left have accused his harsh political rhetoric in which he has villainized the mainstream media and Democrat rivals of having “emboldened individuals to take matters into their own hands.”
In the following pages are five things to know about the ongoing pipe bomb saga.
1. What is a pipe bomb?
A pipe bomb is another name for an improvised explosive device that is tightly concealed in a section of small piping filled with explosive materials and sealed off.
The bombs rely on the tight containment inside the pipe to produce increased pressure to create a lethal explosion without the need for a high-level explosive.
The explosion causes the pipe itself to break into fragments that create shrapnel that can kill or maim those in proximity. Additionally, other shrapnel materials are sometimes added to make the bombs even more dangerous. Bombs can sometimes be connected to a detonation timer.
2. Who received the devices?
As of Thursday afternoon, at least 10 similar suspicious packages in yellow bubble-wrapped envelopes were received or intercepted by authorities over the course of this week.
Each of the packages listed the office of Florida Rep. and former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return sender and included more than enough stamps for postage.
Inside each of the packages were what appeared to be makeshift pipe bombs devices.
Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros received the package in his home mailbox on Monday and it was believed to have been hand delivered.
Discovered on Wednesday were suspected explosive devices addressed to former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton; former Democrat President Barack Obama; former Attorney General Eric Holder; and California Democrat and Trump critic Rep. Maxine Waters.
CNN, a liberal news outlet that strongly opposes Trump, also received a package at its New York office addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, also an outspoken Trump critic.
On Thursday, two similar packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden were intercepted in Delaware. A similar package addressed to the home of anti-Trump actor Robert De Niro was discovered at his Tribeca Productions film and television company in New York City early Thursday morning.
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Source: Christian Post