Police Seeking Suspect After Backpack Explodes Outside Winnipeg Courthouse

Police Seeking Suspect After Backpack Explodes Outside Winnipeg Courthouse

Law Courts Explosion
Police surround the law courts building in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 after a small explosion. (JAY SANTOS / TWITTER)

Winnipeg police are looking for a man who left a backpack containing an explosive item outside the law courts building on Wednesday.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a backpack was placed near the steps of the building at York Avenue and Kennedy Street. It was lit on fire and then exploded as a sheriff’s officer attempted to extinguish it.

The officer, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Neither he or any bystanders nearby were hurt.

Police are looking for an aboriginal man in his mid-20s with some facial hair who was wearing sunglasses and a hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).


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