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US gets a wake-up call with Nashville bomb blast

Debris near the site of an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce in Nashville, on Dec 25, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
An image grab shows the moment a bomb was set off in Nashville, on Dec 25, 2020. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - The truck bomb that exploded in the early hours of Christmas Day in Nashville, Tennessee, seemed almost designed not to kill people; only three were injured. A 15-minute warning even emanated from the RV (recreational vehicle) that it was about to explode, giving police time to evacuate residents in the area.

What it might have been targeting was infrastructure.

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