Three explosions rocked Montreal on Thursday, killing two people in what appeared to be a turf war between rival motorcycle gangs over the city’s drug trade.
One car bomb, heard throughout the metropolitan area, exploded outside a tightly guarded biker clubhouse affiliated with Hell’s Angels in the suburb of Saint-Luc. The blast scattered debris hundreds of yards away.
The remains of at least two people were found but not immediately identified, said Quebec provincial police spokesman Francois Dore. At least one other person was seriously injured.
Police used a helicopter and trained dogs to search the woods around the clubhouse owned by the Jokers motorcycle gang. The Jokers are allied with Hell’s Angels in their war with the Rock Machine gang.
Two other bombs exploded early Thursday, one in a strip-tease club in the northern suburb of Laval and the other in a used-car dealership in Montreal’s east end. Police said no one was injured, but several cars at the dealership were damaged.
The attacks occurred a day after the funeral of Richard Emond, a senior member of the Hell’s Angels who oversaw the activities of the Jokers.
Emond was the first Hell’s Angel killed in the turf war, and his funeral in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was attended by 200 bikers from across Canada.
Twenty-one other people - including an 11-year-old boy killed during a botched car bombing - have also been killed in the turf war. Most victims have been associates of the bikers.
Police could not immediately say whether Thursday’s casualties were gang members. Dore said the bomb may have detonated too soon and missed its target.
Alain Aupe, a neighbor, said he thought the bomb was an earthquake.
“My wife and I woke up at 2:14 a.m. and all the knickknacks had fallen off our bedroom shelf,” he said.
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