Vancouver Island retiree injured by mail bomb
PORT ALICE — A retired pulp mill worker has been identified as the victim of a mail bomb attack in the tiny village of Port Alice on Vancouver Island.
The Mounties say they are investigating a targeted blast that went off when the victim opened a mail package at his home Tuesday.
Cathy Anderson says her neighbour Roger Nepper, who has lived in Port Alice for more than 30 years, was injured in the explosion. She says her husband saw Nepper holding an injured hand when he climbed into a neighbour’s vehicle to be taken to the local health clinic.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd says Nepper is in his mid 60s and is known in the community of about 800 people as a former local boxing coach. Nepper’s family could not be reached for comment.
The RCMP has not identified who was injured but say the victim received serious, but non life-threatening injuries, and was taken to hospital.