MONTREAL – The mother of a Canadian woman arrested in connection with a Mexico City firebombing says she’s deeply concerned about her daughter’s well-being.
Mexican authorities have confirmed they arrested Canadians Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Rouiller Poisson this week following a Molotov cocktail attack against a government office in the capital.
Poisson’s mother, Line Rouiller, tells The Canadian Press she’s waiting for information from the Canadian Embassy in Mexico about her daughter’s situation.
She says her 20-year-old daughter, who was originally identified by Mexican authorities as Fallon Poisson Rouiller, is an adventurous type who has participated in student protests in Montreal.
But Rouiller says her daughter isn’t the type of person who would destroy someone else’s property.
Veronica Perez of Mexico City’s attorney general’s office says Poisson and Pelletier were detained after Molotov cocktails were tossed Monday at a building housing the Department of Communications and Transportation.
Mexican 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
Wednesday, January 8, 2014