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Package bomb explodes at university in Boston, injuring one individual

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Sept 13 (Reuters) – A 45-year-old employee of Boston’s Northeastern University was injured on Tuesday whenever a package sent to the institution exploded while he was handling it, police said, adding a second package was found and rendered safe.

Police didn’t reveal the way the packages were sent to the urban campus.

The injured person was taken up to a hospital for treatment to his hands, Boston police Superintendent Felipe Colon told a news conference.

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“A search revealed another similar package that has been ultimately rendered safe by our bomb squad. I’ll let you know that the scene is secure for the reason that the investigation is ongoing,” Colon said.

The authorities bomb squad, the Boston Fire Department and Boston Emergency Medical Service were the type of investigating the incident, police said.

Evening classes were canceled in six buildings, campus police said on Twitter.

Police at other Boston-area campuses including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology urged visitors to be mindful and asked them to report any suspicious packages.

The town was rocked by the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013, when three individuals were killed and much more than 260 others wounded by way of a couple of homemade bombs at the annual race.

In 2015, a jury convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and sentenced him to death for helping perform the attacks together with his older brother Tamerlan, who died several days following the bombings in a gunfight with police. The gunfight ended when Dzhokhar ran his brother over with a stolen car as he fled the scene. He was captured the next day.

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Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Scott Malone and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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