Nine arrested over ‘mistaken identity’ IED explosion in Sydney’s inner west

Nine arrested over ‘mistaken identity’ IED explosion in Sydney’s inner west

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Nine people including a 17-year-old boy have been arrested after a 55-year-old woman was injured in an improvised explosive device detonation in Sydney’s inner west in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

In June this year, the woman and a 19-year-old man were at a home in Canterbury when she noticed a fire on the balcony.

“The woman walked outside to investigate and when she tried to extinguish the fire, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

“The 55-year-old woman was treated at the scene, before being taken to Concord Hospital for treatment of burns to her face, hands, chest and legs.”

The Herald understands the alleged attack was mistakenly targeted, with sources with direct knowledge of the investigation saying the group had targeted the 19-year-old resident of the home but subsequently realised he was not the person they intended to attack.