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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Explosives found near US Embassy in Venezuela

The Baruta Municipality Police Corps Monday found two alleged explosive devices near the US Embassy in Valle Arriba, southeast Caracas.

One of the presumed bombs was found in a box containing leaflets making reference to Lebanese radical Islamic group Hezbollah.

"One person was arrested by the Baruta Police and we are waiting for their report and information from the (political police) Disip," a spokesman of the US Embassy told AFP.

Local TV news network GlobovisiĆ³n reported that one of the devices was in a flowerpot near the Embassy, while the other was outside a school, near the diplomatic premises.

Wilfredo Porras, acting director of Baruta Police, said they arrested a man carrying a "backpack with 100 black powder bases, pliers, adhesive tape, glue and electric leads."

The man declared that "the devices were set to explode in 15 minutes. At first, we thought he was crazy, but we concluded he is not because of the features of both devices and the contents in the backpack," Porras said.

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