CNN’s NY offices evacuated due to bomb threat

CNN’s NY offices evacuated due to bomb threat

Two NYPD officers told BuzzFeed that the bomb threat was phoned in exactly one minute before President Trump tweeted: "FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"

Police gather outside the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was sent to the CNN offices on 24 October 2018 in New York City.

Chris Cuomo also tweeted about the incident, but said employees expected to be allowed back into the building 'ASAP'.

Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search.

"The NYPD is investigating a bomb threat near CNN NYC's office at Columbus Circle", he said.

Law enforcement said that someone had called and claimed there were 5 bombs inside the building.

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The broadcaster said they have gone to taped programming in the meantime and Don Lemon's "CNN Tonight" has been taken off air.

"Basically the police are telling us it was an unsubstantiated telephone threat to the Time Warner Center", Dienst reported.

Within the same hour as the bomb threat, President Donald Trump, who has made a political career of attacking CNN, had just tweeted about "fake news".

That package was addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, of Florida, was arrested and indicted on more than 30 federal counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, and he faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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