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Photos: Australia Police Arrest Suspected Bomber in Downtown Melbourne

© Images / Don Arnold Police secure the scene near Lindt Cafe
 Police secure the scene near Lindt Cafe - Sputnik International
A suspect with an unknown device was arrested on Thursday at a Melbourne inner-city car wash after the special bomb squad was called in, local media reported.

"Police are currently at Racecourse Road in North Melbourne after a man was located with an unknown device about 10 am [...] A 25-year-old man has been arrested and Bomb Response Unit officers are conducting a safety check", Melbourne police said in a statement.

According to media reports, special police squads were called to Racecourse Road, near the Royal Melbourne Show, which was crammed with families and children enjoying school holidays.

Businesses in the area were reportedly evacuated and traffic between Flemington Road and Boundary Road has been diverted.

Local media reported that bomb units were called in after the man - who carried an imitation of explosive device in his backpack- tried to steal a vehicle from a car wash.

The police subsequently issued an update, saying that they had declared the area safe and re-opened the road. 

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