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Sweet extra: Hostage situation at Clinton HQ in Rochester, NH. Obama staffers in nearby office evacuated. UPDATE Crisis ends.


NEW YORK--UPDATE-With the hostage crisis in her New Hampshire office resolved, Sen. Hilllary Rodham Clinton holds a press availability in Portsmouth, NH Friday night at 9:15 Chicago time.

There is a hostage situation involving a bomb threat at the Hillary Rodham Clinton headquarters on Main St. in Rochester, NH.--and staffers in the Barack Obama's office a few doors down have been evacuated, the Obama campaign said. A man walked into the Clinton office claiming to have a bomb strapped on his chest. MSNBC is reporting he wants to speak to Clinton.

The Clinton campaign released a brief statement: "There is an ongoing situation in our Rochester, NH office. We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction. We will release additional details as appropriate."

The Manchester, NH Union Leader is updating. LINK

The paper is reporting: In an interview with WMUR, Lettie Tzizik, an employee of a nearby medical supply company, said a woman who had been released with her small child by the intruder fled to her nearby worksite to seek help. The woman said a man with pepper-and-salt hair in his 40s with what appeared to be a bomb duct-taped to his chest had entered the office and ordered everyone onto the floor

Clinton is in Des Moines. Obama, who started Friday in Manhattan, traveled to suburban Washington on Friday to appear before a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.

Obama and Clinton have Secret Service protection.
A Rochester police officer, Capt. Paul Callahaghan is telling MSNBC they are not releasing information about how many people are inside. A two-to-three square block downtown Rochester area and schools have been locked down and bomb squad and explosive unions called in.

Police are asking news organization taking pictures via news helicopters overhead not to broadcast live.

CNN is reporting that Clinton cancelled her DNC appearence where she was to appear via satellite.

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Police: Suspect is holding hostages in Clinton campaign office in

Rochester, N.H. ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man claiming to have a bomb was holding one or more hostages at Hillary Clinton’s campaign office Friday, police said. Authorities were sending a tactical bomb unit to assist local police, and the area was evacuated, said Maj. Michael Handbrook of New Hampshire State Police. AP-CS-11-30-07 1403EST


well, look, lets hope nobody gets hurt. barack, where were/are you? anybody that can provide you an alibi? like, ah, maybe d.a. fred thompson?
hey, i got it, a guy walks into clinton headquarters......

I don't know what to say about this, but I think it is possible that the government may be testing Obama in handling threats or situations like these? Personally, I don't trust the government due to the fact America will be gaining not only a new but a black president whom they hope to fail while in office. Otherwise they would've given up all of the detailed information with the hostage situation that was supposed to have occurred at the Clinton HQ recently. I'm not playing the race card; i'm just saying that the government is just being afraid of something different. Nomatter how much the world has changed with the color barrier but there are some of the old habits that just won't change. Now, question is what's really going on with the government and will Americans be confused in what is serious or is this is just another bullshit propaganda to fuck with obama? We just don't reaaly know these crazy days and all we can do is put our trust in GOD. Then the truth will set us all free.

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