Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vicky Shachtay 23, killed by parcel bomb delivered by hand to her home - 28th Nov 2011

A disabled mother has been killed by a blast triggered when she opened a package delivered by hand to her home, police said last night.

Vicky Shachtay, 23, died in the explosion at her apartment in Innisfail, 75miles north of Calgary, Alberta, on Friday morning.

A 30-year-old carer who was in the property at the time escaped uninjured.

Ms Schachtay's six-year-old daughter was at school when the incident took place at 9am.

The mother had been in a wheelchair for several years after being involved in a car crash.

Police are warning people in the town, which has a population of 8,000, to be on their guard and wary of unexpected packages in the post, particularly if they have been hand-delivered.

Yesterday her house had been cordoned off while police carried out a forensic investigation at the scene.

The blast had knocked one window out of the property.

Ms Schachtay was not 'known' to police and neighbours have no idea why the mother, who lived in a two-storey apartment block, was targeted.

Police spokesman Sgt Patrick Webb said: 'It is a tragedy and we're trying to determine exactly what happened. We're going all out on this one. Read More