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An 81mm mortar shell which was detonated after it was found inside a suspicious package near the U.S. Embassy is presented to reporters by Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, center, during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

A bomb was detonated by police near the US embassy in the Philippines

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An improvised explosive device was found near the U.S. embassy in Manila, Philippines, on Monday.

The bomb was detonated by police and nobody was hurt. It was about 500 feet from the embassy, and witnesses said a passenger in a taxi put the device there, CNN reports.

National Police Chief Ronald de la Rosa said the device had the same design as a bomb that killed 14 people in a market in September. He added that police suspected an Islamist militant group planted the bomb.

We are thankful that the municipal employee and the (police) took quick and appropriate action to ensure the safety of all.
Molly Koscina, Embassy press attaché

Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina said a municipal worker found the device. 

Here's what the bomb and the investigation looked like. (Photos by Associated Press)

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