RCMP announces arrival of Explosives Unit; clarifies function of INSET in the investigation

Police have now confirmed that the Explosive Disposal Unit from Ottawa has arrived on scene in Tomslake and have begun investigating the two recent bombings of an EnCana pipeline in the area. The unit was dispatched to perform forensic studies on the second of the two bomb sites. Police have not yet released details on the type of explosive materials they think were involved in the blasts.

Sgt. Tim Shields also clarified today the function of the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, or INSET, in the investigation. Since their arrival, members of the media have referred to the group as Canada’s “anti terrorism” unit.

However, Shields says the reason for INSET’s involvement is that the team is trained to investigate attacks directed at Canada’s critical infrastructure, and this case falls under that umbrella.

The Explosive Disposal Unit and INSET are joined on the ground in Tomslake by other police groups including the Forensic Identification Section. the Police Dog Service, and the North District General Investigation Section, as well as members of the Dawson Creek Detachment.

Police say they’re also in close contact with RCMP members in Alberta.