|Pressure Cooker Bombs Confiscated by Royal Canadian Mounted Police|
Canada—RCMP say they’ve thwarted a terrorist plot that could have seen pressure-cooker bombs explode near the crowds of families and children outside the B.C. legislature on Canada Day.
Former Victoria resident John Stewart Nuttall, 38, and his partner, Amanda Marie Korody, 30, are charged with conspiring together or with others to place an explosive in a government facility with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury for the benefit of a terrorist group and facilitating a terrorist group between March 2 and July 2, 2013. They are also charged with possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property for the benefit of a terrorist group between June 25 and July 2.
Two of the three charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The improvised bomb was filled with rusted nails, which would have been sprayed among the crowd had they exploded as intended.
At a press conference in Surrey this morning, RCMP revealed details of the terrorist plot and five-month investigation. “Project Souvenir” was co-ordinated by the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams in B.C. and included the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and local law enforcement.
“This threat was very real,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, who is responsible for federal policing operations. He added that police were monitoring the couple’s actions and ensured that the devices were not able to explode. He said the two were inspired by al-Qaida ideology but the threat was domestic and had no “international linkages.”
Nuttall’s lawyer, Victoria’s Tom Morino, said his client had converted to Islam and had embraced the Muslim faith, but added that the alleged offences are “absolutely unrelated” to any mosque group or any other established organization. “I am not aware of any mosque with which he is affiliated.”
Photos of the devices showed them to be pressure-cooker style explosives. Malizia said there was no connection to the Boston Marathon bombings, where similar devices were used. (Continue Reading.)
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