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Authorities confirm IDs of two Canadian women nabbed in Mexico City fire bombing

January 08, 2014 - 10:50 AM

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities have confirmed the identities of two Canadian women arrested in connection with a firebomb attack against a government office in Mexico City.

Veronica Perez of the attorney general's office says Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson Rouiller were detained after Molotov cocktails were tossed Monday at a building housing the Department of Communications and Transportation.

Their hometowns were not immediately available.

Authorities have said no injuries were reported in the attack, which damaged several vehicles outside a nearby car dealership.

Prosecutor Rodolfo Ruis told local media that a Mexican national was arrested along with two Canadians.

He said the Canadians were transferred into the custody of the Central Investigation Agency.

Ruis said police allege one of the Canadians was seen discarding a backpack that contained a number of homemade explosive devices.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Meanwhile, Canada's Foreign Affairs Department has confirmed it is aware that two Canadian citizens were detained in Mexico.

"Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and consular services are being provided," department spokesman Mathieu Roy said Tuesday.

Some banks in Mexico City have been hit in recent years by small incendiary devices. Those attacks have been attributed to small groups of leftists or animal rights activists.

- with files from Associated Press

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