Nine arrested as part of investigation into IED detonation at Canterbury

Nine people have been arrested following an investigation into an IED detonation that injured a woman in Sydney’s inner west earlier this year.

On Monday 8 June 2020, a woman was inside her home on Robert Street, Canterbury, when she noticed a fire on the front balcony about 11.20pm.

The woman walked outside to investigate and when she tried to extinguish the fire, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated.

The 55-year-old woman was treated at the scene, before being taken to Concord Hospital for treatment of burns to her face, hands, chest and legs.

A 19-year-old man who was also home at the time was uninjured.

Detectives from Burwood Police Area Command established Strike Force Shalimah to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from Auburn, Fairfield and Campsie Police Area Commands and Central Metropolitan Region ODIN, attended homes across Sydney from about 7am today (Thursday 13 August 2020), and arrested eight males, aged between 17 and 20.

They were taken to Mascot, Bankstown, Burwood and Fairfield Police Stations.

Search warrants were executed at three homes in Zetland, Concord and Fairfield, where officers seized clothing, phones and other items relevant to the investigation.

Just before 9am, an 18-year-old man was arrested after attending Mascot Police Station

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information that can assist Strike Force Shalimah investigators are urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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