Key member of terror group pleads guilty

October 8, 2009 19:19

Key member of terror gro

One of the ringleaders of a homegrown terror plot that officials said targeted Canadian government buildings and the stock exchange pleaded guilty Thursday. Zakaria Amara is the fourth member of the so-called "Toronto 18," to plead guilty since the since 2006 when the group was arrested and accused of planning to detonate truck bombs outside Toronto's Stock Exchange, a building housing Canada's spy agency and a military base. Amara pleaded guilty to knowingly participating in a terrorist group and intending to cause an explosion for the benefit of a terrorist group. He was among a core group facing the most serious allegations. In an agreed statement of facts read into the court record, Amara admitted playing a leadership role in staging a terrorist training camp and in planning three, one-ton vehicle bombs to be detonated in downtown Toronto and other locations

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