Explosives Used By Murder-Suicide Bomber Caused the Mt Isa Caravan Explosion

Police from Brisbane and Townsville flew to Mount Isa to investigate the caravan blast. Photo: Police via ABC News
Police from Brisbane and Townsville flew to Mount Isa to investigate the caravan blast. Photo: Police via ABC News
Queensland Police say explosives, not gas cylinders, sparked a fatal Mount Isa caravan explosion that claimed the life of a father and his two young children last week.

On Friday, police confirmed the deaths are being treated as a tragic case of murder-suicide.

Police believe that the father planned the explosion in a deliberate bid to take his own life and that of his son and daughter. Forensic examinations have led investigators believe explosives were used as an ignition point for the blast rather than gas bottles located at the scene. They also believe no one else was involved in the matter.

“While the circumstances surrounding the matter remain under investigation, police are treating the deaths of the two children as suspicious and the man’s death as non-suspicious,” the statement read.

The extent of the damage caused by the fatal caravan explosion is captured by a police drone.
The extent of the damage caused by the fatal caravan explosion is captured by a police drone.

Police have previously said it could take weeks, if not months, to fully complete the investigation.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.


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