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Bomb squad called to Whalley Strip for suspected IED

A member of the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit on Surrey's 135A Street, Friday. Shane Mackichan

Surrey RCMP was forced to call in a bomb robot Friday morning, when someone reported a suspicious package on the so-called ‘Whalley Strip.’

Sgt. Chad Greig with Surrey RCMP says officers were called to the area around 135A Street and 106 Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. when a patrol officer spotted what he thought could be an explosive.

“Investigators suspected the item may have been an Improvised Explosive Device, and engaged the assistance of the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU),” he said.

IN PICTURES: Police investigate suspicious package on Whalley Strip

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Police investigate a suspicious object on Surrey's so-called "Whalley Strip.". Shane Mackichan
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Police investigate a suspicious object on Surrey's so-called "Whalley Strip.". Shane Mackichan
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Police investigate a suspicious object on Surrey's so-called "Whalley Strip.". Shane Mackichan
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Police investigate a suspicious object on Surrey's so-called "Whalley Strip.". Shane Mackichan
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Police investigate a suspicious object on Surrey's so-called "Whalley Strip.". Shane Mackichan

“EDU officers attended the scene and disposed of the item on site, in a safe manner.”

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The device was disposed of around 11 a.m. and no one was hurt. Police could not confirm whether it was actually an explosive device.

Greg said police could not comment further on the nature or source of the suspicious item.

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