A Florida fan of Donald Trump was arrested and charged on Friday with mailing thirteen bombs to opponents of the US president in a brazen, week-long spree that inflamed the country ahead of key elections.
US officials named the man as fifty-six-year-old Cesar Sayoc. He faces five charges including mailing explosives and threatening ex-presidents. Mr Trump said the acts were “despicable and have no place in our country”.
Fourteen items have been sent in recent days to figures including ex-President Barack Obama and actor Robert de Niro. Two were found in Florida and New York City on Friday morning.
Later, two more were discovered in California. Billionaire and Democrat donor Tom Steyer said that a package sent to him had been intercepted at a mail facility in Burlingame, and another addressed to Democrat Senator Kamala Harris was reported in Sacramento.
The incidents come less than two weeks before the US mid-term elections, with politics highly polarised.