Explosive found at shrine Francis will visit on Wednesday

From the Buenos Aires Herald:

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. 

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