No international terrorism behind Saskatoon courthouse blast: police – Ontario News

No international terrorism behind Saskatoon courthouse blast: police – Ontario News

Police in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are investigating the detonation of an improvised explosive device outside a building that houses the provincial courthouse. No injuries are reported.(The Associated Press )

SASKATOON—Police say a blast at the provincial courthouse in Saskatoon isn’t related to international terrorism.

Emergency crews were called out just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday after a suspected homemade bomb exploded near the front doors.

The blast damaged the entrance the courthouse shares to the building, but no one was hurt.

Police Insp. Randy Huisman says explosives experts, arson investigators and canines trained in bomb detection were called out.

He says no arrests have been made, but security has been increased at the courthouse.

While international terrorism has been ruled out, Huisman says investigators are looking at all other potential motives.

Members of the Saskatoon police force’s Explosive Disposal Unit are on scene as well as a bomb-detection-trained dog unit.  (Matthew Smith / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  

“The investigation still needs to unfold. We need to look at the evidence … and make determinations on potential charges, but in this type of situation we’re not going to rule out that it isn’t a domestic terrorism incident,” he said at a news conference Thursday.

Debris and a black smear on the sidewalk could be seen at the blast site, while a cover over the entrance was partially caved in.

A police officer told CKOM radio that the blast forced up the ceiling before it collapsed under its own weight. The shatterproof glass doorway didn’t break, although the glass panels were damaged.

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