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U.S. Department of State
97/01/03 Public Announcement: Letter Bombs
Office of the Spokesman
January 3, 1997
On January 2, 1997, the U.S. offices of Cairo‚s Al-Hayat Newspaper,
located in Washington, D.C., received four letter bombs in the U.S.
mail. All items were postmarked from Alexandria, Egypt. The bombs were
safely removed and disabled by local police explosives officers after
newspaper employees grew suspicious of the letters. An undelivered
letter bomb, also addressed to Al-Hayat was discovered at a local post
office. Two other devices were delivered to the Fort Leavenworth
correctional facility and were also removed and disabled.
The letters were sent in plain white envelopes with computer generated
addresses and contained no return address.
The Department of State has no information that there is an increased
threat to Americans, or U.S. facilities overseas. We recommend however,
that American citizens traveling or residing abroad pay close attention
to their personal security practices. In addition, they should be wary
of unexpected packages. American citizens are requested to report any
suspicious mail to the local authorities as well as to the nearest U.S.
embassy or consulate.
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