Sydney bomb squad investigating suspicious device

August 3, 2011 - 6:00 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — A police bomb squad was examining a suspicious device near a young woman in a suburban Sydney home late Wednesday, and authorities said they were limiting information about the case because it was "very sensitive."

Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch would not comment, however, on reports the device had been strapped to her by someone she did not know.

"There's a device in the house in the vicinity of the young woman. That device is still being examined as we speak," he told reporters. "We are treating the device as live until we know otherwise."

New South Wales state police said they were called to the house in Mosman by an 18-year-old woman. They said the case was "not being treated as self-harm."

"The young lady is fine and doing her best to assist the police to find out exactly what's gone on," Murdoch said.

Surrounding homes were evacated, several streets were closed to traffic and medical and fire crews were on standby.