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Report: Toronto Officials Find Tunnel Near Pan-Am Games Venue

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 09:36 PM

Authorities in Toronto are concerned about terrorism after finding a tunnel near a venue that is scheduled to host the tennis events at the Pan-Am Games this summer.

The New York Daily News reports the tunnel, which measures 33 feet long, is next to the Rexall Center Sports and Entertainment Complex on the campus of York University. The tennis competition at the Pan-Am Games will take place there in July.

Investigators are now looking into who dug the tunnel, which doesn't lead anywhere, and whether it's related to terrorism.

"We're trying to find and establish who built it, why they built it and what were their intentions," Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Mark Saunders told the Daily News.

"There is nothing to suggest criminality. I don't have a working theory. We're open. We go with the evidence."

The Daily News posted a Reuters video report on the tunnel.

Story continues below video.

A worker found the tunnel hidden under a dirt-covered wooden plank last month. It is 10 feet underground and six feet high by three feet wide. The ceiling is supported with framing boards and the wall is lined with plywood.

In a statement quoted by the Daily News, police described finding an assortment of items.

"Police found a gas can, food and beverage containers, work gloves, a wheel barrow, as well as moisture-resistant light bulbs, a gas generator and a sump pump to remove ground water," the statement reads. "There were also rosary beads with a crucifix and a poppy affixed to it and hanging from a nail inside."

Police are combing the area in an effort to find who dug the tunnel and for what purpose.

In the United States, meanwhile, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., is taking extra precautions after the Somalia-based al-Shabab terror group threatened to attack the well-known site.

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