Bomb injured four 'unintended victims' in Winnipeg

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

Police say the man who transported the bomb to the 7-Eleven may have set it on the auto and forgotten about it, critically injuring a 27-year-old male and 20-year-old female, who has now been identified by a family members as Bethany Mason.

The occupants of the truck, two men, aged 27 and 22, a 20-year-old woman, and 17-year-old male youth were all injured and rushed to hospital.

Chastellaine says his cousin is out of hospital, but says the other three are still being treated for serious burns.

The explosion happened around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the city's Brooklands neighbourhood.

'We are not looking for any other devices, ' Carver said 'We do not believe that someone has randomly put an explosive device out in the public with the intention that innocent victims could be injured'.

"It was a flash before their eyes, because they all thought they were going to die", he said.

The bag had been picked up by the four people from another person at a 7-Eleven parking lot at Gallagher and Keewatin Street.

Police have called the homemade firebomb that was left on the hood of a auto in a 7-Eleven parking lot and injured the cars four occupants a "random and unconnected" event, saying they were not the intended targets.

He wouldn't elaborate further on what police know about the bomb or its intended target. "We don't have that sense".

The truck had only driven about 50 metres from the 7-Eleven when the bomb detonated.

The person who left the bag at the convenience store was not the intended victim either, and may not have known what was inside of it, the police spokesman Carver said. "We've got video of the truck on fire".

"What I don't want to convey is that there's a sense of continuing concern that there's still an existing threat", he said.

Initially, emergency crews responded to what was believed to be a crash that caused the truck to go up in flames.

It happened after one of the truck's occupants found a bag left behind on the hood of a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot and brought it into the truck.

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