Manila police detonate suspected bomb near US Embassy

2016-11-28 08:17
Philippine National Police bomb disposal squad members pause to retrieve a cellphone as they comb the scene after detonating a package believed to be suspected IED that was found in the trash bin near the US Embassy in Manila. (AP)

Philippine National Police bomb disposal squad members pause to retrieve a cellphone as they comb the scene after detonating a package believed to be suspected IED that was found in the trash bin near the US Embassy in Manila. (AP)

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Manila - Manila police detonated a suspected bomb found Monday in a trash bin just a few meters from the US Embassy, snarling morning traffic after authorities closed a portion of a major boulevard where the device was found. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

Two explosions were heard as a bomb disposal unit detonated what police described as a suspicious package believed to be an improvised explosive device.

Street sweeper Winniefreda Francisco says she called police after finding a cellphone attached to a bottle-like cylinder wrapped in black, with wires connecting the cylinder to the phone. It was not immediately clear if the device found was really a bomb.

Manila police spokesperson Marissa Bruno would not give further details, saying a statement will be issued later.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority official Frisco San Juan Jr. said they had to divert traffic from a portion of Roxas Boulevard fronting the embassy. The closed lane of the road was reopened after police declared the area safe.

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