Canada: Fatal car blast in downtown Kitchener possibly caused by IED, police say

One person is dead after a car explosion in front of the courthouse in downtown Kitchener Friday morning.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service said Friday afternoon the explosion “appears to be the result of a suspected improvised explosive device.”

Police are asking people to avoid the area of Frederick Street and Duke Street in downtown Kitchener as they investigate. There is a large police presence and the area will be closed “for a significant amount of time,” the Waterloo Regional Police Service reported on Twitter Friday.

Homes and businesses in the area along Frederick Street, Scott Street, Duke Street and Weber Street have been evacuated, police said.

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Source: CBC News

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