Sat. May 21st, 2022

A busy café strip in Perth has been rattled by a homemade bomb that was allegedly planted by a confused lover during the lunch rush.

It exploded outside the popular chain restaurant Zambrero in Leederville around 1.30pm on Thursday, sending shrapnel through the air that just missed diners.

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The explosion resounded through the restaurant strip, rustling windows and workers who heard the explosion from streets away.

Police say shrapnel and debris were scattered across the strip for 10m.

Witnesses say it looked like a paint can filled with nitrous oxide containers and star throwers, allegedly planted on the restaurant’s doorstep by a broken man.

Heavily armed police shut down parts of the city after a bomb was reported.
Heavily armed police shut down parts of the city after a bomb was reported. Credit: 7NEWS

The blast happened in front of families, and witnesses said children were left in tears.

Nearby store owner Umar Shiko said it was a scary incident.

“There was a big bang and I and a customer were shocked … I was looking at the cameras,” he said.

Shiko said the scene was “complete panic and shock” as everyone ran outside.

Just before 10.30pm on Thursday night, police received a tip from a person who called to say they were in possession of another bomb in the Perth CBD.

Detectives outside the Leederville restaurant.
Detectives outside the Leederville restaurant. Credit: 7NEWS

The caller told officers they had taken the bomb from a car belonging to someone they knew.

Heavily armed police shut down parts of William Street until they determined the explosive was safe.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

CCTV close to the time of the explosion.
CCTV close to the time of the explosion. Credit: 7NEWS

Detectives attacked a home in Queens Park on Friday to arrest Yarran Leslie.

Perth detectives say the 29-year-old met someone online, did research and discovered they were working on Zambreros.

He allegedly came to the restaurant to seek a relationship, but was rejected – and this is where he is accused of having detonated the bomb.

Leslie appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday accused of illegally causing an explosion and possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances.

He was remanded in custody until next time.

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