RCMP investigate suspicious packages sent to courts in Manitoba
WINNIPEG – RCMP are investigating a number of “suspicious packages” sent to courts across Manitoba, officers said Thursday.
Assistant Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, the top Mountie in Manitoba, provided few details at a news conference at RCMP D Division in Winnipeg.
A suspicious package was first reported Wednesday at the courthouse in Thompson, Man., then others were received at provincial court buildings in Winnipeg, Brandon, Morden and Minnedosa, RCMP said. The buildings were “swept” and no other packages were found, police said.
In Winnipeg, police and firefighters sealed off the downtown Law Courts building Wednesday afternoon. Reports from the scene suggested a judge opened a package that had been delivered the day before and smelled a foul odour. The building was evacuated shortly after 4:30 p.m.
Bomb unit and hazardous materials teams isolated the package late Wednesday. Winnipeg police say it was deemed safe but wouldn’t say what it contained.
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