Surrey explosion linked to Justice Institute case

A Surrey home, attacked three times in the last year, is related to a string of assaults on people and property connected with New Westminster’s Justice Institute.

At 2:30 a.m. Saturday, a package exploded on the doorstep of a home in the 8300 block of 151 Street. It didn’t cause any injuries and caused very little damage to the residence.

The residents of the home put the fire out themselves and called 9-1-1.

It’s the third time in the last year the home, now fitted with CCTV cameras, has been targeted.

Police say the home was also subject to an arson attack in April last year and also a drive by shooting of a vehicle the following month.

In 2011, there were a total of 13 shootings and arsons targeted on people with ties to the Justice Institute, which trains police, paramedics and emergency first responders.

“We’re emphasizing that in no way are the residents of this home related in any way to any criminal activity,” said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen, who confirmed that the incident is related to the investigation of attacks on people related to the Justice Institute. “We have good reason to believe that this incident, in addition to the others, are directly linked to our larger investigation.”

Last month, police announced a former ICBC employee was under investigation for accessing the personal records of 13 people with ties to the Justice Institute who were victims of the attacks earlier in the year.

The attacks occurred throughout Metro Vancouver.

“We’re not going to speak to the (identity) of the occupants of the home except to say they have a very very loose affiliation with the Justice Institute,” Thiessen said. Police have not ruled out organized crime, disgruntled employees or someone who simply had a negative interaction with the institute.

Thiessen said no charges have been laid against the former ICBC employee or anyone else in the matter.


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