Deadly car explosion outside Kitchener courthouse caused by suspected IED


Waterloo Regional Police said the body of a man was found in a car that exploded outside the Kitchener Regional Courthouse on Friday morning.Police said the explosion “appears to be the result of a suspected improvised explosive device.”

At approximately 5:00 pm, police announced that officers were in homes on Hearthwood Drive and Grand Flats Trail in Kitchener with the Peel Regional Police Explosives Destruction Unit “to keep these residences safe.” Before 8 p.m. officers said the houses had been cleaned.

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Emergency crews were first dispatched to Duke Street between Frederick Street and Scott Street at around 10:30 a.m. to put out a burning car.

“At this point, it’s very early in the investigation,” Const. Andre Johnson said from the scene at noon. “We are still trying to determine the cause of the fire and what exactly happened.”

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Although he could not say if there were any injuries, police announced later on Friday that a body had been found inside the car.

Kitchener car blasts through IED, police say

Kitchener car blasts through IED, police say

“We have our explosive device unit at the scene to try to determine the origin of the explosion,” said police spokesman Cherri Greeno.

She says they evacuated the area and advise people to stay away as a precaution.

“We have had a significant police presence there for some time,” she explained.

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She was unsure whether the investigation would affect the nearby Kitchener market, which was open on Saturday mornings.

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This is one of three major investigations that took place on Friday morning in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Officers are also in the King Street and Jackson Avenue area for reporting a man with a gun after a taxi driver assaulted.

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The man fled on foot and there was a large police presence in the area.

Meanwhile, a vehicle struck a utility pole in the Union Street and Weber Street area in Waterloo.

An elderly woman was pronounced dead and power was knocked out to thousands of customers.

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