Suspicious package targeting billionaire investor George Soros rendered safe

George Soros

The FBI and local police responded to an address near the home of U.S. philanthropist George Soros after an object that appeared to be an explosive was found in a mailbox, according to authorities.

"An employee of the residence opened the package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device", police said in a statement.

A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device was found in a mail box outside the residence of billionaire financier George Soros, police said.

The case has been turned over the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bomb didn't explode and the employee moved it to the nearby woods before calling the police. The bureau's NY office tweeted late on Monday that it's conducting an investigation at a residence in Bedford.

Online records showed that Mr Soros resides at the address but he was not home at the time, The New York Times reported.

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The bomb squad deactivated the device, and authorities have said there is no further threat to the area, according to the Journal.

Mr Soros has become a frequent target for criticism by right-wing groups due to his support for liberal causes. The video was retweeted by President Trump, although he did not mention Soros.

Mr Soros was originally born in Hungary but made a fortune running a hedge fund after coming to the US.

He is also the subject of many unfounded conspiracy theories.

Recently, conservative critics have, without evidence, accused him of secretly financing a caravan of Central American migrants to make their way north toward Mexico and the US.

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