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A teenage soldier has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a nail bomb was discovered in a terraced house.

The 19-year-old was taken into military custody in Germany, where he is serving, after the device was found in Eccles. He was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing explosives, firearms and ammunition.

It is understood that extreme right wing leaflets were also discovered in the house during a raid last Friday which led to the evacuation of  residents.

A counter terrorism investigation and a probe by the Royal Military Police is now taking place into the incident.

An Army spokesman said: “The Royal Military Police have arrested a serving soldier on suspicion of the unlawful possession of explosives, firearms, and ammunition. He was arrested in Paderborn, Germany.

“The arrest is linked to the discovery of a suspicious device in Salford on November 28. The Royal Military Police are working closely with Greater Manchester Police.”