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‘Home-made’ bomb found on TGV rail line

PARIS, April 19, 2006 (AFP) – A bomb with a timing system was discovered on a major French railway line Wednesday, sparking an investigation by anti-terrorist police, law enforcement officials said.

The device was found beside the Paris-Nantes line used by high-speed trains near the western village of Saint-Sylvain-d’Anjou by a railway worker making a regular inspection of the track.

The plastic tube containing nitrate fuel and wired to a timer with a battery appeared home-made, the state prosecutor’s office said, adding that the bomb could have been placed there any time in the past 10 days.

Authorities said they had received no claim of responsibility or demand from the person or group that placed the bomb.

If it had gone off, “it could have damaged the track and caused a derailment,” an official in the prosecutor’s office said.

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Subject: French news