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European Union Building Evacuated

March 29, 2004

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ The main building of the European Union’s head office was evacuated for about an hour Monday because a suspicious package was found outside the building.

A bomb squad blew up the briefcase but no explosives were found, officials said.

``We are back to normal,″ said EU spokesman Michael Mann.

Staff at the Breydel building, which includes the office of European Commission President Romano Prodi, were evacuated into a park across the street about 11 a.m. local time.

``We called the bomb squad and they blew it up,″ Mann said. Nothing suspicious was found.

Prodi was targeted in December by two letter bombs sent to his home in Bologna, Italy. The devices ignited but no one was injured.

Italian investigators suspect a small group of anarchists was responsible for sending the devices to Prodi and about six other EU officials, all apparently mailed from Bologna on Dec. 22.

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