Canadian police arrested a man and a woman on Monday who have been charged with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs right outside British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day.
Thousands of people usually gather in front of this historic building on this day.
According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia, John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were self-radicalized and influenced by the jihadist ideology of Islamic extremism.
Malizia called the attempted attack a domestic threat with no international connections. He told a news conference that there was no evidence to suggest a connection to the Boston bombings last April, which were also caused by bombs made from pressure cookers.
Police said that the bombs were found just outside the legislature building several hours before the crowd was set to gather outside.
Nuttall and Korody have been charged with conspiracy, facilitating a terrorist activity and making an explosive device.
“A day after thousands of patriotic Canadians gathered on these grounds to celebrate the founding of our nation, I’m incredibly relieved to know that there was never any risk to anyone,” British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said Tuesday. “We’re also told that the suspects have no ties to any groups inside or outside Canada. Again, an incredible relief that these two individuals appeared to be working alone.”
Nuttall and Korody appeared in court on Tuesday and will return July 9 for a bail hearing.
“They refer to each other as husband and wife,” Tom Morino, Nuttall’s lawyer, told The Associated Press. “It may be a common-law relationship.”
Morino said that Nuttall converted to Islam long ago. He has represented his client several times on past charges, but refused to discuss them with the press.
The pair contemplated a wide variety of targets and techniques before the attempted mass murder, police said.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews credited information sharing programs among security and law enforcement agencies for preventing the attack.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service heavily investigates the environments of all large-scale public events for the possibility of explosions or attacks. Police officers taking part in this investigation found the bomb.
The exact location of the planted explosives and how police tracked down and found the attackers have yet to be revealed.
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