Toronto police find an underground bunker near a Pan-Am Games venue. Toronto police chief Mark Saunders is asking for the public to help identify the purpose of the bunker, according to the San Francisco Gate. The underground tunnel is supported by wooden frames and is about six-feet high, nearly three-feet wide, and about 33-feet long.
“There is nothing to suggest criminality.”
Chief Saunders added that the tunnel was built with “considerable sophistication.” It was found in January hundreds of metres from a tennis centre. The Canadian Tennis Centre, on the campus of York University, will be hosting Pan Am tennis competitions this summer.
The underground site was found after a conservation officer found a large amount of excavated dirt near a fence line in the woods behind the centre. Police found a petrol can, food containers, a generator, and a wheel barrow inside as well as moisture-resistant light bulbs, and a sump pump to remove ground water.
The Toronto police underground tunnel might be a Doomsday Bunker or shelter. A crucifix at the end of rosary beads with a poppy attached were also were also found hanging from a nail inside, according to The Huffington Post. Chief Saunders said that the site was clearly constructed by some one who had some expertise in structural integrity.
“I don’t have a working theory. We’re open. We go with the evidence.”
While media speculated the tunnel could be used to store weapons or explosives, or to give attackers access to the Pan Am site, Toronto police Deputy Chief Mark Saunders was dismissive.
Canada has been on heightened alert for terrorist activity since a gunman attacked the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa in October after fatally shooting a soldier at the nearby National War Memorial. The attack by a so-called “lone wolf” Canadian convert to Islam came two days after another Canadian convert rammed two soldiers in Quebec with his car, killing one.
Toronto police said the underground chamber leaves a lot of questions, but there is nothing to suggest that it was used as a drug lab, notes CBC. Chief Saunders said it was “very comfortable inside.” Twitter users have been joking about the tunnel since it was found, suggesting that the Islamic State was hoping every Canadian would fall in and twist their ankles.