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Suspect arrested after suspicious packages sent to DC military facilities


WASHINGTON (KOMO/AP) - A U.S. law enforcement official says Seattle authorities have arrested a man suspected of sending suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the Washington, D.C. region.

Law enforcement sources say more information about the suspect will be released soon.

The official says the packages contained black powder along with rambling, nonsensical notes similar to those the man has been known to send in the past. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement.

Authorities did not name the man, but said he was known to law enforcement.

Roughly a dozen sites received packages Monday, including Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the district and at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. No injuries were reported, and the FBI said each package was collected for further analysis.

The man's motive was not immediately clear.

Army spokesman Michael L. Howard says that a bomb disposal unit from Fort Belvoir confirmed the package tested positive for black powder residue.

No injuries were reported, and the bureau said each package was collected for further analysis.

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