Explosive device sent to Robert De Niro in New York after foiled bomb attacks on Clinton, Obama and CNN

Explosive device sent to Robert De Niro in New York after foiled bomb attacks on Clinton, Obama and CNN

AN explosive device similar to those mailed to CNN and a number of senior Democrats has been found at a building in Manhattan owned by actor Robert De Niro.

At around 4.45am (09:45 GMT) this morning, a suspicious package was found on the seventh floor of 375 Greenwich St in New York City's Tribeca neighbourhood and reported to police.

The building contains De Niro's Tribeca Grill restaurant as well as his production company Tribeca Enterprises.

According to NBC, X-ray images of the package showed it contained a device similar to the pipe bombs sent to perceived critics of President Donald Trump this week.

De Niro, 75, has been vocal in his criticism of the Trump administration and was branded a "very low IQ individual" by President Trump on Twitter in June.

The NYPD said the 375 Greenwich St building was empty at the time of the package's arrival.

It comes after authorities confirmed seven pipe bombs stashed in manila enveloped were discovered this week addressed to six prominent Trump critics.

Those targetted include former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.

A device addressed to former CIA director John Brennan was sent to CNN's New York offices on Wednesday, forcing the building's evacuation.

Authorities were also reportedly trying to track down a package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, which was discovered in recent hours in Delaware.

None of the bombs detonated, and no one was injured. The FBI has launched a manhunt for their sender.

The mailing of the devices come less than a fortnight before the US mid-term elections.

President Trump, who once dubbed journalists "enemy of the people", has now appeared to blame the media.

He tweeted: "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.

"It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"

Last night, the President struck a less divisive tone when he condemned the "despicable acts".

He wrote: "The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority.

"I have just concluded a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service.

"The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice."