Small bombs found in car in Toronto’s east end
(CBC News) Toronto police cordoned off an area in the city’s east end Friday after small, “unstable” bombs were discovered in a car.
The emergency task force has sealed off the area around Overlea Boulevard, Millwood Drive and Don Mills Road as well as the entire Thorncliffe Park Drive loop.
Traffic on the Don Valley Parkway has also been diverted in the area.
Bomb disposal units were using remote-controlled robots to search the vehicle and disable the small explosive devices police described as “unstable” and “live,” the CBC’s Jamie Strashin said.
Investigators are also searching a residence on Ashdale Avenue.
The discovery came after the arrest late Thursday of a 37-year-old man in connection with three letter bombs recently sent to southern Ontario homes.
Two of the letters were sent to homes in Toronto, while another was sent to a residence in Guelph.
Investigators said they believed the three incidents are linked and “were not random events,” but added there appeared to be “no political or other ideological motivation” for the incidents.
On the evening of Aug. 11, a man in the Victoria Park Avenue-Lawrence Avenue East area sustained injuries to his hands after he opened an envelope he received at his home and it exploded.
Eight days later, a real estate lawyer found an envelope at his home in the Yonge Street-Sheppard Avenue West area that afternoon. The package smelled like petroleum, so he notified police and it was safely detonated. Police said it was rigged to explode if opened.
On Aug. 22, a self-employed home renovator found a Canada Post Xpresspost envelope at the rear of his Guelph home, but didn’t open it and called police. Media reports said the letter was detonated at the scene and contained enough explosive to take the man’s head off had it exploded.
Police said the suspect, identified as Adel Arnaout, will face several charges when he appears in a Toronto court later Friday.
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