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Police neutralize possible explosive device outside Turkish office in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police found and neutralized a potential explosive device in a bag left outside an office used by a Turkish cultural association in Brussels on Friday.

Police were called after a plastic bag was left in front of the building at around 1.30 p.m. (1230 GMT).

Brussels prosecutors said the suspected device included gas cylinders and experts were still examining it to establish, for example, if there was a detonator or not.

"I cannot for the time being confirm whether this device was really going to explode or not," a prosecutors' spokesman said.

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No one had been held in connection with the incident.

Residents, who had been evacuated, were allowed back to their homes late in the afternoon, but the traffic was blocked.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)