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Suspicious package in Anjou forces evacuations

11/08/2012 07:19 EST | Updated 01/08/2013 05:12 EST
A suspicious package found near a vehicle Thursday morning in Anjou forced about 100 residents to evacuate their homes.

A Montreal police officer told CBC it appears that a pipe bomb was placed on the windshield of the vehicle.

The vehicle was parked in a residential area on Roi-René boulevard, near the intersection of Wilfred-Pelletier.

Police shut down all lanes of Roi-René Boulevard between Georges Avenue and Chaumont Avenue.

The owner of car, Freddy Amezquita, says he has no idea who put the package on his car, or why.

"I'm scared," he said.

Amezquita works in construction and has lived in Montreal for 20 years. He has a wife and kids.

A 911 call that came in at around 6:30 a.m. alerted police to the suspicious package.

Police set up a large perimeter and have evacuated nearby buildings as a precaution.

Montreal police have confirmed a robot removed the package from the car and placed it on the ground.

The robot is being armed to make a small detonation and do further analysis on the package.

Officers are telling drivers to avoid the area.

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