Canada police ask for public help in bomb probe

Wed Dec 3, 2008 6:26pm EST
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - It is still not known if a single person or a group of people is behind three October bombings of natural gas facilities in Western Canada, police said on Wednesday.

"It could be one person acting alone. It could be somebody acting within a small group," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Tim Shields said as investigators renewed their plea for the public's help.

Police have identified several "persons of interest" in the probe, but acknowledge some of them are refusing to co-operate. "They know who they are," Shields told reporters in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Police believe the saboteur, or saboteurs, lives in the same area of northeastern British Columbia where the three attacks occurred, and believe the motive is a grievance against pipeline owner EnCana Corp.

Two pipelines and a gas wellhead were damaged in the attacks in October. There have been no injuries in the incidents, but two of the explosions caused small leaks.

Investigators released copies of an angry letter believed linked to the bombings that was mailed to local media and EnCana shortly before the first incident.

They also released photographs of eight people who mailed letters from the same drugstore in Dawson Creek that the suspect note was mailed from on October 7.

The eight were not identified as potential suspects, Shields said police released pictures of them because they do not know their names and some may not know that investigators are interested in talking to them.   Continued...