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IED device found outside Brownsville, Texas closes highway on Easter

The Brownsville Police Department confirmed reports that an IED device was disarmed by bomb disposal experts on Easter Sunday.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was located by a passerby who alerted authorities about the Highway 77/83 location. The scene of the IED bomb is located just 15 minutes north of the Texas/Mexico border.

Bomb squad personnel used a robot to successfully dismantle the explosive that closed the highway for several hours on Sunday afternoon.

Public Information Officer for the Brownsville Police Department, Eddie Garcia said the device had no detonation mechanism attached.

However, authorities say they are taking the IED device seriously as Mexico has seen an increase in the use of bombs by the drug cartels in Mexico.

So far there are no leads in this case and an investigation is ongoing. Additional reports will be made available as officials release new details.

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