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‘Sophisticated tunnel’ found in Toronto, purpose unknown – CBC News

Canadian authorities are investigating the discovery of a large and sophisticated tunnel near the Rexall Centre in Toronto, CBC News reported on Monday, but it remains unclear who dug the tunnel and what its purpose may have been. National security officials have reportedly been notified.

The report said the tunnel, which is about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) deep and 7 meters (22.9 feet) long, was discovered by a Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) employee in January. The tunnel had tools, light generators, reinforced walls and ceilings, and would have taken weeks or months to dug, CBC News said.

The Rexall Centre is to be used as a tennis venue for this summer's Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and the discovery raises concerns whether the tunnel may have been part of a plot to carry out an attack. Authorities have "essentially ruled out" the possibility that the tunnel was to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow operation, CBC News reported.

The Toronto Police Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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