Canadian flag at Parliament in Ottawa 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
SURREY, British Columbia - Canadian police said on Tuesday
they foiled an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate three pressure-cooker bombs
during Monday's Canada Day holiday outside the parliament building in the
Pacific coast city of Victoria, arresting a Canadian man and woman and seizing
their home-made explosive devices.
Police said there was no evidence to
suggest a foreign link to the planned attack, which targeted public celebrations
outside the parliament building in Victoria, capital of the province of British
They declined to detail any links between the two Canadians and
the al-Qaida network. They also said they were not aware of any connection to
the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon
in which three people were killed
by devices built from pressure cookers.
"This self-radicalized behavior
was intended to create maximum impact on a national holiday," Wayne Rideout,
assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told a news
"They took steps to educate themselves and produced explosive
devices designed to cause injury and death." Police said there was no risk to
the public at any time because they began monitoring the suspects in February
and had known all along what was happening.
The two people charged are
John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Korody, Canadian-born citizens from Surrey,
British Columbia, authorities said.
Canada Day is the equivalent of the
July Fourth Independence Day celebrations in the United States, with street
parties, barbecues and fireworks displays.
The Canadian spy agency, CSIS,
has expressed concern that disgruntled and radicalized Canadians could attack
targets at home and abroad.
In April, Canadian police arrested two men
and charged them with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train in an
operation they say was backed by al-Qaida elements in Iran.
say Canadians took part in an attack by militants on a gas plant in Algeria in
Canadian resident Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian citizen, tried to
cross into the United States from British Columbia on a mission to blow up Los
Angeles airport in 2000 and is serving 37 years in a US prison.
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