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200 US abortion clinics get suspected anthrax letters

Adding to the growing anthrax scare, the United States National Abortion Federation on Thursday said more than 200 abortion clinics received threatening letters containing a suspicious substance resembling anthrax laced powder.

Some of the envelopes contained letters signed by the right-wing Army of God that said the letters were contaminated with anthrax.

"Anti-choice extremists have upped the ante with this latest attempt to terrorise abortion providers and those working to protect a woman's right to choose," NAF Executive Director Vicki Saporta said in a statement.

"This is clearly the work of individuals who support terrorism as a means to advance their political agenda," she added.

A similar spate of letters was sent three weeks ago to clinics where abortions are performed.

Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an inquiry into the case.

US Attorney General John Ashcroft recently said those who had orchestrated anthrax-related hoaxes would be severely punished.

Four people have died thus far as a result of anthrax infection.

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