SYDNEY: A suspicious item believed to be an explosive device was found near the home of Australian cricketer Brad Haddin in Sydney, Australian police said.
Police reached on the spot and removed the device on a neighbor’s phone call who discovered the item on a grassy patch of road in the suburb of Tennyson Point, northwest of Sydney’s central business district on Friday.
“There is nothing at this time to indicate this incident is anything other than random,” Ryde area commander Superintendent John Duncan said.
“The item is not sophisticated.”
“All the indications at this stage of our investigation suggest that whoever had possession of this item has discarded it on the nature strip.”
Police did not reveal any further details but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said it understood that authorities removed two butane canisters with a wick attached. There were indications that an attempt had been made to light it, the ABC added.
Cricket Australia said Haddin, 37, who pulled out of the second Ashes Test against England on Tuesday for family reasons, was still overseas.
Brad Haddin, 37, who pulled out of the second Ashes Test against England on Tuesday for family reasons, is still overseas.