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Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to assassinate Obama

Former President Barack Obama speaks at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by AFP)

A woman in the US state of Texas has been charged with mailing explosive devices designed to assassinate former President Barack Obama and a state governor.

Julia Poff on Thursday stood accused of sending booby-trapped packages to the former US president and Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2016, with prosecutors claiming that the homemade bombs could have maimed or killed the two government officials if the packages had been opened as intended.

Court documents showed that the 46-year-old woman had been indicted earlier this month on six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure politicians.

Federal investigators said the improvised explosive device sent to Obama contained a cell phone, a cigarette package and a salad dressing cap, adding that the bomb had been detected during screening at the a White House.

The FBI traced the explosive device sent to Obama to Poff (pictured above) because of some cat hair found under an address label. Tests showed the hair was consistent with the hair of one of her cats, according to authorities.

Prosecution papers stated that the 46-year-old had sent the letter bombs due to financial difficulties and grievances over government payouts as well as a feeling of abhorrence towards the then-president.

Poff is currently held in a Houston federal detention center and has pleaded not guilty to the bombing charges. She faces a prison sentence of more than 10 years if convicted. Poff is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing in January.

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