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Gibbs: No info that explosion was 17 minutes away

The Associated Press
Thursday, November 4, 2010; 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- The White House says it has no information that would confirm a French government report that one of two bombs mailed to the United States last week was defused just minutes before exploding.

France's interior minister, Brice Hortefeux, told state-run France-2 television that one of the explosive packages was just 17 minutes away from exploding when investigators disarmed it.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday the question of when the bombs were to go off is still under investigation and there's no information confirming such a close call.

U.S. investigators have also said they were unable to confirm the French report.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Replaces first paragraph to correct spelling of 'defused')

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