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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The Brazilian military conducted a controlled explosion of an unattended backpack near the Olympic basketball arena, Rio Games organisers said Thursday.

Organizing committee spokesman said that the backpack contained clothes and a tablet computer.

The arena in the Olympic Park in Barra remained closed for the public at first ahead of the game between Norway and Spain but the game was then started on schedule and fans soon also filled the arena.

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