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Latest: "Fort Hood-style" attack threatened on Fort Benning

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -  It's been nearly three weeks since the attack on Fort Hood that left 13 dead and others wounded but the events of November 5th still send shock waves through our country.

Now, closer to home, Fort Benning officials confirm they're investigating a threat promising a similar incident.

Fort Benning Public Affair's Office released this statement to WTVM Monday:

"A suspicious package and note were found Thursday morning at a motor pool on Fort Benning by a Soldier. The Soldier notified his NCO who alerted 911. The area was quickly and safely secured without incident."

Sources at Fort Benning tell News Leader 9 the package was a box of 20 hollow point bullets and the note, addressed to General David Patraeus, referenced Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan, saying: "Drop charges or there will be a reenactment of Fort Hood."

There have been reports that authorities have set their sights on a sergeant who lives off post but a spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division could not confirm that, saying only that the matter is under investigation.

Fort Benning's Public Affairs Office adds:"As is normal in these types of incidents, a criminal investigation is under way to determine if this is a viable threat against Fort Benning. Appropriate force protection measures are in place to protect Fort Benning and the surrounding community."

Fort Benning officials say there have not been any lock downs on post affiliated with this threat.

They did not specify Monday what other security measures are in place in the wake of this incident.

Your News Leader will continue to bring you the latest.


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