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Blast near cycling course at Rio was detonation by anti-bomb squad: Official

India TV News Desk Rio de Janeiro August 06, 2016 23:36 IST
India TV News Desk

A loud explosion which was heard near a cycling track at Rio Olympics was a detonation of an unattended backpack by an anti-bomb squad, a spokeswoman for the public security department said.

The officers of the squad expect the bag to be a property of a homeless man, but they had to blow it up as the protocol says so for every unattended object.

The controlled blast occurred at 1:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. EDT), the spokeswoman said.

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