Experts say explosives at US Embassy in Vienna were not rigged to detonate

October 19, 2007 10:05


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Austrian authorities said Friday that an explosive device a Bosnian man tried to smuggle into the US Embassy in Vienna earlier this month had not been rigged to go off. Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said munitions experts who examined the device - two grenades, plastic explosives and nails and screws apparently intended to serve as shrapnel - had determined it would have had to be properly assembled to explode. The suspect, a 42-year-old Bosnian identified only as Asim C., has been in police custody since his arrest on October 1, when he allegedly tried to enter the embassy with a backpack containing the explosives and fled on foot after setting off an entry metal detector. A second Bosnian suspect arrested later has since been released without charge.

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