Manila police detonate improvised bomb near US Embassy

Two explosions were heard as a bomb disposal unit detonated what Metropolitan Manila police chief later described as an improvised explosive device.

By: AP | Manila | Published:November 28, 2016 11:55 am
Manila, manila bomb, manila improvised bomb, manila US embassy, latest news, latest world news A Philippine National Police bomb disposal squad member, wearing a bomb-proof suit, leans to check the scene shortly after detonating in the middle of a boulevard, a suspicious package believed to be suspected IED that was found in the trash bin near the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Manila police detonated an improvised bomb found Monday in a trash bin near the US Embassy, snarling morning traffic after authorities closed a portion of a major boulevard where the device was found. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

Watch what else is in the news

Two explosions were heard as a bomb disposal unit detonated what Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde later described as an improvised explosive device.

Street sweeper Winniefreda Francisco said she called police after finding a cellphone attached to a bottle-like cylinder wrapped in black tape, with wires connecting the cylinder to the phone. The trash bin where the device was found was about 20 meters (22 yards) from the embassy compound.

Traffic was briefly diverted in front of the embassy while police disposed of the bomb.