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FBI uncovered bomb suspect's ID with DNA, fingerprint clues

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Sayoc's arrest Friday in Plantation, Florida, about 30 miles north of Miami, ended a almost weeklong stretch of terror where at least one bomb was found each day.

Announcing the arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a cheering audience at the White House, Trump said such "terrorizing acts" were despicable and had no place in the United States.

"I am prepared to do everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now", Trump said. "But I do think he bears some responsibility for the coarseness of civility of the dialogue in this country", Clapper said.

A fingerprint on one of the devices was matched with Sayoc's, Wray said. (1830 GMT). A federal law enforcement source said charges would likely be brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

No one had claimed responsibility for parcel bombs, which were denounced by authorities as terrorism, and came less than two weeks ahead of USA congressional elections that could alter the balance of power in Washington.

A package addressed to Harris found Friday at a Sacramento mail facility was the 13th device officials said they had linked to Sayoc.

Of the four bombs discovered Friday, one was addressed to Sen. Cory Booker was found in Florida, while another found in NY was addressed to former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Trump said officials would prosecute the suspect to the "fullest extent of the law".

Police closed roads around the AutoZone parking lot where Sayoc was arrested, and helicopters flew overhead.

A man named Dre, who is a manager at a used vehicle dealership near the AutoZone, said he heard a loud noise like an explosion at around 11 a.m. "I got no complaints from customers", she said. Ms Giardiello, 76, has been active in Democratic politics and was an officer on her condominium board in Aventura for many years, Mr Lowy said. "I have been briefed by FDLE on developments regarding the attempted bombings".

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Sayoc allegedly mailed the explosive devices to several prominent Democratic figures, including former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, philanthropist George Soros, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump's critics charged that his inflammatory rhetoric against Democrats and the press created a climate for politically motivated violence.

Trump's supporters have accused Democrats in turn of unfairly suggesting that the president was to blame for the bomb scares.

Meanwhile, investigators were analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were meant to detonate or simply sow fear just before Election Day.

The presence of what is believed to be pyrotechnic powder is one reason why authorities consider them to be potentially destructive, though it appears they were handled through the postal system - where they were jostled and moved - without any explosion.

"That's the best word for him", Gureghian said.

Investigators have declined to say whether they were built to be functional.

Authorities are still investigating whether other people were involved and did not rule out the possibility of further arrests or more explosive devices in the mail.

Another post from the Altieri Twitter account was aimed at the handle of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a target of one of the mail bombs. Others targeted for parcel bombs included former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and actor Robert De Niro.

"There are unsafe, crazy, deranged people in this world", he said.

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