AN ARREST has been made in connection with the attempted mail bombing spree targeting opponents of President Donald Trump in the United States this week.
A 56-year-old man was taken into custody at around 10am (3pm GMT) on Friday near Fort Lauderdale in southern Florida.
The arrest came just hours after authorities in the US intercepted a suspicious package addressed to former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, James Clapper, and Democratic Senator Cory Booker.
Earlier this week, at least 10 other packages containing pipe bombs were sent to vocal opponents of the Trump administration including actor Robert De Niro, billionaire Democratic Party donor George Soros and ex-CIA director John O. Brennan.
Senior Democrats targeted include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters.
After arrest of suspect in bombing case, law enforcement officers in Plantation, Florida prepare to tow a white van plastered with bumper stickers that appear to have something to do with Trump. pic.twitter.com/9dWsSjipF1
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) 26 October 2018
The device addressed to Brennan was sent to the offices of CNN in Manhattan, forcing the entire building's evacuation on Wednesday.
A press conference regarding today's arrest is scheduled for around 2.30pm (7.30pm GMT), the Department of Justice said.
According to reports in the US, the suspect is a former resident of New York who is now living in Florida.
The 12 mail bombs are all believed to have been handled by a regional mail-sorting facility near to where he was arrested in south Florida.
The site of the arrest in Broward County is also near the offices of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Representative whose name was listed as the return address on all of the suspect packages.