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Armed Revolutionary Forces Of Quebec? 23 Suspicious Packages Sent To Politicians, Media

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ARMED REVOLUTIONARY FORCES OF QUEBEC
Emergency responders at the scene of Loto Quebec Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Montreal. Police are investigating suspicious envelopes containing white powder that have turned up at nine different locations across the city, including Quebec-government-related offices and two buildings occupied by the the Quebecor media group. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz | CP

MONTREAL - A dozen more suspicious packages containing a non-harmful white powder arrived at political and media offices across Quebec on Thursday, adding to the nearly two dozen received the previous day.

Police said that once again, provincial politicians were targets as well as media organizations in a half-dozen Quebec cities. The powder was not dangerous.

Police said 12 new envelopes arrived Thursday, some with notes signed by a group calling itself the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Quebec.

The Quebec provincial police anti-terrorism squad is investigating and police urge anyone with information to contact it.

On Wednesday, nearly two dozen suspicious letters were sent to Quebec media and political targets, including the riding office of Premier Jean Charest.

Provincial police said the name of the organization being cited closely resembled that of a 1960s group with ties to the Front de liberation du Quebec, a defunct terrorist group commonly known as the FLQ.

One of the packages received this week was confirmed to be baking soda — although police said they were still testing the others.

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