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Blast near UK embassy in Bahrain caused by "unknown high explosive"

English.news.cn   2011-12-04 20:54:43 FeedbackPrintRSS

MANAMA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Sunday that the blast in a minibus near the British embassy in Manama was caused by "unknown high explosive."

"The explosion was because of an unknown type of explosive device which was placed under the front left wheel of a minibus that was parked approximately 50 meters away from the British embassy in Manama," the interior ministry spokesman Lieutenant Salah Saif said at a press conference.

He added that the material used in the blast was "highly explosive" because its remains were found approximately 32 meters away from the site and created a hole with a diameter of around 30 cm underneath the driver's side of the vehicle.

There was no casualty in the blast, and the police had cordoned off the area and launched investigations, the spokesman said.

"The material used in the explosive device is being tested at the forensic laboratories of the Ministry of Interior," he said.

The British embassy in Bahrain said it beefed up its security following the explosion. 

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