Uruguay: Fake bomb prompted evacuation of Israeli embassy in Montevideo

Security forces clear vicinity after a "suspicious item" was found in Montevideo neighborhood, according to local media; no injuries reported.

January 8, 2015 18:02

View of Montevideo, Uruguay . (photo credit: ISRAELI EMBASSY IN MONTEVIDEO)

Emergency teams evacuated the offices of the Israeli embassy in Uruguay on Thursday amid a bomb scare, local media reported.

Security forces reportedly cleared the vicinity after a "suspicious item" was found near Montevideo's World Trade Center complex, which houses the Israeli mission.

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Security forces later said the suspicious apparatus did not have explosive capabilities and could not have detonated.

Explosives Brigade chief Alfredo Larramendi told local paper El País that the device was apparently planted in order to "measure" police response times.

According to local reports, police sources said the building that encompasses the embassy was evacuated as a matter of "caution."

A  local firefighting source said the suspected explosive device - comprised of a white plastic bag encasing cables and a small device - was discovered by a canine unit during a routing tour of the premises of the financial district in Uruguay's capital.

Security forces cordoned off the area and sappers arrived to the scene to neutralize the device.

No injuries or damage were reported.

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