Group claims responsibility for hydro tower bomb

A mysterious group known by the initials IRI is claiming responsibility in a communiqué for damaging a Hydro-Québec tower in the Eastern Townships.

A mysterious group known by the initials IRI is claiming responsibility in a communiqué for damaging a Hydro-Québec tower in the Eastern Townships.

The tower near Coaticook is part of a line that carries James Bay power to the Boston area. Police say it appears the tower was damaged by an explosive charge.

The group says it set the charge at the base of the St-Hermenegilde tower to denounce the ''pillaging'' of Quebec's resources by the United States.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sûreté du Québec, Hydro-Québec and the Canadian counter-terrorism force.

None of those agencies will make any comment on the communiqué distributed by the group known as IRI. Police say they have never heard of the group.

The information was distributed in Montreal to newspapers La Presse and Le Journal de Montréal and radio station CKAC.