Manila police safely detonate suspected bomb near US Embassy

Philippine National Police bomb disposal squad comb the scene after detonating a suspicious package believed to be suspected Improvised Explosive Device  found in the trash bin near the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine National Police bomb disposal squad comb the scene after detonating a suspicious package believed to be suspected Improvised Explosive Device  found in the trash bin near the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manila police detonated a suspected bomb found Monday in a trash bin just a few meters (yards) from the U.S. 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 spokeswoman 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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