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Petersen King law office in Winnipeg evacuated after explosion

A woman has been taken to hospital and a law office has been evacuated following an explosion in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge area this morning.

Crews were called to the Petersen King law office at 252 River Ave., near the Midtown Bridge, around 10:15 a.m.

The MIRV, a converted transit bus used for emergencies involving large numbers of people, was called to the scene, along with several police cars, fire trucks and the city's hazardous materials unit.

The city's bomb unit was also called, and entered the building around 12:15 p.m. CT.

Police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley told media over the noon hour a woman was seriously hurt in an explosion at the office.

Hofley confirmed the woman, who suffered serious upper body injuries, was located in the area by an officer after police were called to the scene.

"[We're] not sure exactly how this device came to be in her possession," Hofley said. "However it came into her possession, it was an explosive device that was inadvertently triggered."

Hofley said the explosion damaged the law office, adding investigators believe it was an isolated incident.

Witnesses told CBC News they saw a woman who was covered in blood being taken from the building.

Police taped off part of River Avenue before 11 a.m., pushing the barrier back several times as more emergency crews continued to arrive on the scene.

Winnipeg Transit said routes 68, 99 and 185 have been diverted from the area.

Police are asking people downtown to avoid the area.

Downtown building evacuated

There is another large police presence in front of a downtown office building in Winnipeg this afternoon.

A police spokesperson says people working at 444 St. Mary Ave. evacuated around 12:30 p.m. The building contains three law firms, among other businesses.

Police did not order the evacuation, the spokesperson said, adding people in the building self-evacuated.

St. Mary Avenue between Kennedy Street and Vaughan Street was closed shortly after 1 p.m.

Hofley said he could not confirm if the two incidents are related.
 

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Winnipeg law office explosion 'triggered inadvertently,' injuring woman

A woman was taken to hospital and a law office was evacuated after an explosion in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge area Friday morning.

Police confirmed Maria Mitousis, 35, was the woman injured in the explosion. Mitousis has worked at Petersen King since September of 2014, where she practices family law.

"I'm not sure exactly how this device came to be in her possession, whether it was mailed or dropped off or something like that," Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Eric Hofley said. "However it came into her possession, it was an explosive device that was triggered inadvertently."

Crews were called to the Petersen King law office at 252 River Ave., near the Midtown Bridge, around 10:15 a.m. CT

The MIRV, a converted transit bus used for emergencies involving large numbers of people, was called to the scene, along with several police cars, fire trucks and the city's hazardous materials unit. The city's bomb unit was also called, and entered the building around 12:15 p.m. CT.

Hofley confirmed the woman, who suffered serious upper body injuries, was located in the area by an officer after police were called to the scene.

Hofley said the explosion damaged the law office, adding investigators believe it was an isolated incident.

Witnesses told CBC News they saw a woman who was covered in blood being taken from the building.

Police taped off part of River Avenue before 11 a.m., pushing the barrier back several times as more emergency crews continued to arrive on the scene.

Winnipeg Transit said routes 68, 99 and 185 have been diverted from the area.

Police are asking people downtown to avoid the area.

Downtown building evacuated

Separately, there was another large police presence in front of a downtown office building in Winnipeg Friday afternoon.

People working at 444 St. Mary Ave. left the building at around 12:30 p.m., police said. The building contains three law firms, among other businesses.

CBC reporter Louis-Philippe LeBlanc spoke with someone from the building who said officers did a sweep of the seventh, eighth and ninth floors. They have since been cleared.

An employee with one of the businesses in the building told CBC News she was told to leave her office and that she wouldn't be allowed back today.

Police originally told media that they didn't order the evacuation, but the employee said it was officers who told her to leave.

St. Mary Avenue between Kennedy Street and Vaughan Street was closed shortly after 1 p.m.

Hofley said he could not confirm if the two incidents were related.

The Law Society of Manitoba sent its members the following notification regarding the explosion this afternoon:

 

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Guido Amsel charged in connection to Winnipeg law firm bombing

Winnipeg police have charged a man with sending explosive devices to law firms and other businesses in the city, and they caution that more packages may be discovered in the coming days.

Guido Amsel, 49, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault, and a number of charges related to the possession of explosives.

The hunt for Amsel started last Friday, when a bomb went off inside a small law firm south of the downtown area, severely injuring Maria Mitousis, 38.

Another bomb was found Saturday at a small business in another part of the city. Then Sunday night, yet another explosive device was detonated by police at a law firm closer to downtown.

Some witnesses told CBC News they heard a loud explosion at around 9:45 p.m. CT outside the law firm Orle Barman and Davidson on Stradbrook Avenue.

Police say Amsel targeted law firms that had represented himself or his ex-wife in the past, and they warn that other packages may be delivered to lawyers or justice officials in the city.

"Police are imploring extreme caution if any suspicious packages are discovered," the city police service said in a release late Sunday.

Amsel has been remanded in custody.

'Long road to recovery'

Court records show he went through a divorce that dragged on for years, and was also sued by his ex-wife. In both cases, Amsel's ex-wife was represented by Mitousis, who remains in hospital in stable condition with serious injuries to her upper body.

Police have said Mitousis was alone in her office when a package delivered by Canada Post exploded.

Colleagues of the 38-year-old set up a fundraising website which had raised almost $15,000 in little over 24 hours. The site said Mitousis faces "a long road to recovery." A source in the legal community said Mitousis had undergone surgery and had lost one of her hands.

The device that was detonated by police Sunday night was at a law firm connected to a lawsuit Amsel's ex-wife filed in 2010 that involved a numbered company the couple had set up more than a decade earlier.

Amsel has continued to operate the numbered company. Records from the Rural Municipality of Springfield, just outside Winnipeg, show he was granted the right last fall to set up a small car lot in the community. He was scheduled to apply for another business permit at the end of May, but his representative did not attend, according to minutes of the council meeting.

Police execute search warrants

Earlier on Sunday, officers executed search warrants at an auto body shop on Springfield road and in a home on Pandora Avenue.

The bomb unit was deployed to C-Tech Automotive Used Car Sales and EuroTech Auto Body, both of which were taped-off, in the 2200 block of Springfield Road. Police evacuated properties in the area as a precaution and investigators searched the building.

Police also searched a home in the 600 block of Pandora Avenue. An officer on the scene said investigators believed the home is linked to Guido Amsel.
 

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Winnipeg mail bomb targets were 3 women

Winnipeg police allege Guido Amsel targeted three women - his divorce lawyer, his ex-wife, and her lawyer - with mail bombs as an act of revenge following a lengthy divorce battle.

The 49-year-old has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault after three bombs were discovered in recent days.

In court documents police describe the bombs, which were contained in small voice recorders, as being "sophisticated."

Lawyer Maria Mitousis, 38, was seriously injured when a bomb went off at her River Avenue office on Friday. She used to represent Amsel's ex-wife, Iris Amsel, in divorce proceedings that began in 2004.

A package intended for the ex-wife was intercepted by police and detonated Saturday at a business on Washington Avenue. No one was injured.

CBC News has also learned a third woman, a Winnipeg lawyer who once represented Amsel and used to work for Orle Bargen and Davidson on Stradbrook Avenue, was also targeted.

The bomb unit detonated an explosive device at that firm's office Sunday and no one was injured.

Police are urging anyone who had dealings with Amsel in the past to be on alert for suspicious packages.

Emergency crews busy

Mayor Brian Bowman and police Chief Devon Clunis described the past few days in Winnipeg as "harrowing" and "unnerving."

"The events that started on Friday are harrowing," Bowman said at a press conference. "The impact of these acts is far-reaching in our community and we're thinking of all."

Both he and Clunis offered thoughts and prayers to Mitousis.

"The last few days have been difficult for our city, particularly so for Mrs. Maria Mitousis, her loved ones, colleagues and friends," Clunis said.

"We also want to thank the people of Winnipeg for their support throughout this incredible ordeal. We know how difficult it is to see a downtown office building evacuated [and] we know sometimes it is incredibly unnerving to see your neighbours asked to leave their homes."

Acting deputy police chief Danny Smyth said Mitousis's condition has stabilized and she has been able to speak with investigators.

Over the weekend, police blocked off streets and searched homes and businesses in various parts of the city.

That continued Monday with a downtown Canada Post building surrounded, evacuated and the bomb unit brought in. Not long after, city hall was evacuated due to a suspicious package.

Both cases were deemed to be false alarms, but they reflect the heightened sensitivity in the city. Smyth has said other packages may have been sent to other law firms or justice officials who had dealings with Amsel.

"Clearly, we don't know how many packages may have been sent out," he said. "We don't think this is a blanketed threat to the general public or to the justice system in general."

TIMELINE

Friday, July 3

Investigation begins after Maria Mitousis injured by blast at Peterson King law firm around 10:15 a.m. CT.

Three floors of a downtown office building at 444 St. Mary evacuated around 12:30 p.m. CT. The building contains three law firms, among other businesses. One of the law firms, Monk Goodwin, is where Mitousis formerly worked. Building searched and cleared by police bomb unit with the assistance of RCMP. No suspicious items or packages found.

Saturday, July 4

Police called to a business in the 500 block of Washington Avenue at about 2 p.m. CT. A suspicious package was addressed to Amsel's ex-wife, who owns the business.

At about 10:30 p.m., the bomb unit used a water cannon to attempt to defuse it but the device went off, causing damage to the business. Nobody was injured.

Amsel was arrested at his home on Pandora Avenue East in the evening.

Sunday, July 5

Searches conducted in the afternoon by investigators and bomb unit personnel at an automotive business on Springfield Road, owned by Amsel, as well as the suspect's home.

While investigators were dealing with those searches, police were alerted to another suspicious package at Orle Bargen and Davidson law firm on Stradbrook. Bomb unit personnel were sent there and located an explosive device sent through the mail.

The device was removed from the office and detonated outside of the building at about 9:45 p.m. CT. There were no injuries.

Police said lawyers who formerly worked at that firm had represented Amsel in past legal proceedings.​
 
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