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FBI Draining Pond, Still Searching in Anthrax Probe

The FBI said on Monday it was draining a pond in a forest near Frederick, Maryland as part of its investigation into the 2001 deadly anthrax attacks. The FBI is in the process of searching public land located near the city of Frederick, just 50 miles from Washington, D.C., to try to determine who sent anthrax-laced letters mailed in September and October 2001, which killed five people. “To facilitate the search activity, one pond will be drained,” the FBI said in a brief statement. “This pond is located in a municipal forest owned by the city of Frederick.” “Based on extensive environmental testing already conducted, there is no indication of any threat to public health or safety associated with our search activities,” it said. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to news media offices in Washington, New York and Florida. Anthrax-laced letters were also sent to the offices of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat. Full Story

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