January 7, 2014 7:40 pm
Updated: January 10, 2014 4:43 pm

Two Canadian women arrested in fire-bomb attack in Mexico


MEXICO CITY – Two Canadian women have been arrested in Mexico City in connection with a fire-bomb attack against a government department office.

Molotov cocktails were hurled at a Department of Communications and Transportation office Monday, damaging several vehicles outside a nearby car dealership, authorities told a news conference. No injuries were reported.

Prosecutor Rodolfo Ruis told local media that two Canadians and a Mexican national were arrested and that the Canadians were transferred into the custody of the Central Investigation Agency.

He says police are alleging that one of the two Canadians was spotted discarding a backpack containing a number of homemade explosive devices.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

An official with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement they are aware of the detentions and working with local authorities.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development is aware of two Canadian citizens currently detained in Mexico,” said spokesperson Mathieu Roy. “Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities to gather addition information and consular services are being provided.”

*With a file from Global News

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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