User:KuduIO/'Al-Qaeda inspired' bomb plot stopped by Canadian police

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A man and a woman from British Columbia (B.C.) have each been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and possession of an explosive substance. Amanda Marie Korody, 30, and John Stewart Nuttall, 39, allegedly left pressure cooker bombs near the B.C. Parliament Buildings on Canada Day, where festivities were taking place.

The two Canadian-born citizens from Surrey, B.C. were arrested Monday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says that the improvised explosive devices were similar to the ones used in the Boston Marathon bombings and contained nails, nuts, bolts and other materials intended to hurt or kill people. One of the devices was filled with rusty nails.

At the press conference, police said that Nuttall and Korody were "inspired by al-Qaeda ideology" but added that the pair were self-radicalized and that the plot had no international links. They had discussed a wide array of targets and methods.

They said that the threat was real but the public was never at risk, since the menace was detected early and tightly controlled.

The two suspects were arrested in Abbotsford, B.C. and are currently in custody in Surrey. They will appear in court this afternoon.

The investigation known as Project Souvenir began in February 2013 and was run by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, which includes investigators from the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and other agencies.

Government reaction[edit]

Following the RCMP announcement, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said that she was briefed on the "profoundly shocking" incident yesterday morning. She thanked the investigators who were involved.

"Let me say this to those who resort to terror: You will not succeed in damaging our democratic institutions but just as importantly, you will not succeed in tearing down the values that made this country strong," she said. "What do they want? They want us to be governed by fear. They want us to view each other with suspicion. They want us to be seized by anger. They want this because they hate the things that make us Canadian. We will not let suspicion darken our hearts."

Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews applauded the work of the investigators, while saying in a statement that "yesterday's arrests demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat to Canada."