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Police reopen Lomas after suspicious package rendered safe

Police block Lomas near UNM as officers investigate a suspicious suitcase Friday afternoon. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The streets surrounding the University of New Mexico have been reopened Friday afternoon after officers investigated a suspicious suitcase at a nearby church.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said the briefcase was deemed safe and no injuries or damage were reported.

He said the bomb squad responded to the First Congregational Church at 2801 Lomas, near Girard, around noon after a briefcase was found at the base of the belltower.

Gallegos said during that time the surrounding roadways were shut down and Jefferson Middle School was asked to shelter in place.

“Upon arrival, the item was inspected via remote means and found to contain no explosive hazards,” he said. “There were no known threats made to the church.”

Gallegos said the FBI also assisted in the investigation.

“It is unknown at this time who left the briefcase or why,” he said.