Ottawa police deny they have suspects in firebombing


OTTAWA—Police say the investigation into the firebombing of a downtown Ottawa bank is continuing, but they deny reports that they already have suspects.

A police spokesman says if there were suspects, they would be in custody.

The Royal Bank branch was hit in an early morning firebombing Tuesday that was videotaped and posted on the Internet.

There were no injuries, but the bank was seriously damaged.

The RCMP says its Integrated National Security Enforcement Team is working with Ottawa police on the investigation.

Meanwhile, an Ottawa group says anarchists are being scapegoated for the bombing.

Common Cause, which bills itself as part of an Ontario anarchist organization, says there is no evidence that the incident was carried out by anarchists.

“We have no idea what the politics of those who did this are,” the group said in a news release. “We also can’t rule out the possibility that this act was carried out by agents-provocateur.”

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