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The New York Police Department responded to a report on a suspicious package in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.
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Three first suspicious packages were discovered early Thursday, one in Lower Manhattan near the offices of Robert De Niro and Two in Delaware addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden. The packages were found a day after at least seven bombs were delivered to prominent Democratic politicians and media figures.

The packages addressed to Biden were found in two Delaware post offices, one in New Castle and one in Wilmington. A bomb disposal unit of the county police was at the Wilmington site.

None of the bombs exploded and nobody was injured.

The Manhattan package was found in the Tribeca neighborhood in a site linked to the actor and frequent critic of President Trump, Robert De Niro. "At approximately 4 a.m., the police received a response to a call about a suspicious package at 375 Greenwich," confirmed Jerry Varson with the New York Police Department to the United States. EVERY Thursday morning.

Within an hour, the package had been removed from the location, the New York Police Department tweeted.

Also early Thursday, a package addressed to former Vice President Biden was intercepted at a Delaware mail facility, the Associated Press reported. The package was similar to those containing bombs.

De Niro has openly criticized Trump, knocked him down as a "baby in chief" at the National Review Board Awards in January and cursed the president at the Tony Awards in June.

According to NBC News, the package, sent to the building where the De Niro's Tribeca Grill and the office of its film production company are located, is similar to a package that included a return address that belonged to the Florida Democratic representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Plus: What we know about pipe bombs, suspicious packages.

The police department had tweeted the previous Thursday that "we are responding to reports of a suspicious package in the vicinity of Greenwich and Franklin streets in Tribeca, Manhattan, avoid the area and expect a police presence and heavy traffic." More information to follow "

Plus: Trump mitigates attacks, calls for civility after devices are mailed to Democrats, CNN

Plus: Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, Soros, CNN: what we know so far

Plus: The CNN office is evacuated while it is in the air after an explosive package is intercepted. in the New York office

On Thursday, without referring directly to the explosive devices, President Trump again blamed the media for the "anger" in society.

"A large part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the deliberately false and inaccurate report of the mainstream media that I refer to as false news," he said in a morning tweet. "It has become so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clear its act, FAST!

Thursday's package in New York City was the latest in a seemingly coordinated attack from coast to coast against prominent liberals.

The packages sent included: former President Obama in Washington, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton in the suburbs of New York, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in South Florida, Westchester County, New York, residence of philanthropist and Democratic donor George Soros, along with CNN and two addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Authorities said Wednesday's pipe bombs were filled with shards of glass and were intercepted. None detonated, and no one was injured.

One of the explosives was sent to CNN, which caused the evacuation of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, where CNN has offices.

Contributing: Associated Press; The Delaware News-Journal

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