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June 19, 2014

3 medics injured in training exercise explosion


OTTAWA, Canada — Two police officers and three paramedics were injured in an explosion during an armed hostage-taking training exercise in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, police sources have told CBC News.

An explosion occurred during a training exercise at this abandoned home in Kanata on Wednesday morning. The explosion occurred just after 10 a.m. ET during a joint force-entry exercise into an abandoned residence, Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau said. The training exercise involved Ottawa police officers, paramedics and RCMP officers.

The simulation involved other officers inside the house pretending to be victims and suspects, police sources told CBC News. The devices are "triple checked" before use and when a detonation occurs, all officers have to take cover before explosions, the sources said.

Read full storyOttawa training exercise explosion leaves 5 injured, 2 seriously