Possible links between car and house bombings

Similar "makeshift explosive devices" were used in two bombings, three months apart, in Abbotsford.

An officer investigates the scene of a small explosion at an Abbotsford townhouse complex in December 2011.

An officer investigates the scene of a small explosion at an Abbotsford townhouse complex in December 2011.

Police say a recent car bombing in Abbotsford has possible links to a small explosion that occurred at a townhouse complex in December.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police have not been able to rule out that the two incidents are connected.

The most recent one took place on March 24, but details were released only this week. Police received calls at about 2 a.m. that a loud bang was heard in the 31600 block of Peardonville Road, in the parking lot of an apartment building.

Neighbours said the noise sounded like either a gunshot or a blown electrical transformer, but patrol officers were unable to track down the source.

About five hours later, a man called from the apartment complex to say the interior of his Honda Prelude had been burned. Investigators determined that a small “makeshift explosive device” had been set off inside the vehicle.

However, MacDonald said, because different people used the car, police have had difficulty determining the intended victim.

He said the explosive device used is similar to one that was set off Dec. 31 at a townhouse unit in Kinsmen Creekside Estates at 33295 Maclure Rd.

In that incident, the device was detonated in the patio area at the back of the unit, causing some minor damage to the wall. Three people were in the residence at the time, but nobody was injured.

MacDonald said both cases involve several potential victims and some have connections to both addresses.

Some have had “criminal, negative police-type associations” but MacDonald said there did not appear to be gang connections.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

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