3 in custody after suspected explosive device found in vehicle at B.C. border

By on April 21, 2016

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Canada Border Services Agency says three people are in custody after a suspected explosive device was found in a vehicle at a British Columbia border crossing.

Spokeswoman Bernee Bolton says during a routine secondary examination at the Sumas border crossing in Abbotsford, B.C., officials found what appeared to be a suspected explosive device and immediately called police.

Bolton says three travellers are in custody and the investigation is ongoing with Abbotsford Police at the scene and RCMP providing assistance.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz says U.S. officials have been involved in information-sharing and are prepared to provide help if necessary.

He says Canadian officials are leading the investigation as the car was entering Canada.

The incident occurred around mid-afternoon on Thursday and forced the crossing to close for about 40 minutes before two of the five lanes were reopened.