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Package containing 'ricin' poison found at US military facility

Published 23/04/2013

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US officials said a package containing what is thought to be ricin has been found at a military mail sorting facility in Washington DC.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid told reporters there was an incident at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling which involved the "same substance" as recent letters sent to US president Barack Obama and a US senator.

A US official said the package was found at a Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) headquarters mail-sorting facility on the base.

The official added initial tests indicated possible ricin.

The DIA said tests indicated possible biological toxins.

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