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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Powerful Car Bomb Defused

Law enforcement officials found and defused a powerful car bomb in southwestern Moscow on Wednesday, preventing what could have been a deadly attack.

The bomb, which contained 20 kilograms of plastic explosives and an unknown amount of ball bearings, was hidden inside a green Lada sedan parked on Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya, Interfax reported, citing a city law enforcement official.

The explosives were hidden in the back seat, while the steel balls were packed inside the trunk, the source said. Ball bearings are used to drastically increase the deadly force of an explosion.

Interfax said the bomb could have been activated in minutes.

NTV television reported Wednesday that police had also found a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the car.

Further details about the car bomb were unclear.

Law enforcement officials did not say how they learned about the bomb or what the possible target might have been. The sheer quantity of explosives suggested that it might have been meant for a terrorist attack. Car bombs are routinely used in contract hits in Moscow and other cities, but the explosives rarely exceed several kilograms.

Interfax said a manhunt was under way for several people suspected of buying the Lada and building the bomb. The suspects also bought two other cars, the report said. No explosives were found in them.