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Suspicious package false alarm closes downtown Winnipeg streets

Emergency crews responded to the area of Fort St. at St. Mary Ave. around 7pm Friday evening for what turned out to be a false alarm. Reports from the scene indicate police had located a suspicious package.
Emergency crews responded to the area of Fort St. at St. Mary Ave. around 7pm Friday evening for what turned out to be a false alarm. Reports from the scene indicate police had located a suspicious package.

WINNIPEG — Emergency crews responded to the area of Fort St. at St. Mary Ave. around 7pm Friday evening for what turned out to be a false alarm. Police say reports of a suspicious package were unfounded. A backpack was located, and deemed safe.

WFPS had set up a perimeter, moving people back from the area while officials investigated. Traffic was blocked on Fort St. south of Portage Ave. to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Officials deemed the area safe by about 8pm.

Winnipeg has seen a recent surge in suspicious package scares.

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In early a letter bomb detonated at a Winnipeg law office. That explosion severely injured lawyer Maria Mitousis, who lost a hand and underwent extensive surgery.

Guido Amsel, 49, is charged with attempted murder and several other offenses.

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