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Monday, July 22, 2013

Police detonate bomb found in site of Pope visit

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile on his way to the Guanabara Palace after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo military police have detonated a home-made bomb that was found in one of the bathrooms inside the National Sanctuary of Aparecida, which will be visited by Pope Francisco on Wednesday.

The device, which had a covering similar to that used with dynamite and a fuse, was found by members of the Brazilian Air Force during an inspection ahead of the Pope's visit.

"It was a home-made device with little potential to cause fatalities," with "a plastic body and wrapped with adhesive tape," the Military Police revealed through a statement released on Monday, which also clarified that the bathroom in which the bomb was found was unlikely to have been used during the mass planned for next Wednesday with Francis.

The Air Force called on the Anti-bomb Squadron of the military police, who carried out the detonation.

"It is worth pointing out that such episodes formed part of our security forces' training in Aparecida and at no point were civilians' lives in danger", the missive continued.

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to take part in World Youth Day, that is celebrated from July 23-28, and this Wednesday he will visit South America's biggest and most important Marian sanctuary.
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