MONTREAL: Police have foiled a plot to bomb the parliament of British Columbia as tens of thousands gathered to celebrate Canada’s independence day, arresting two people allegedly “inspired by Al-Qaeda,” officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were detained on Monday, as the nation marked the annual July 1 Canada Day celebrated with fireworks and parades.
They had allegedly planned to use pressure cooker devices to blow up the building in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on scenic Vancouver Island, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.
But Canadian secret services had long been aware of the plot, and had been shadowing the pair since February.
The explosive devices were “completely under our control, they were inert” and at no time was the public in danger, authorities said.
While Nuttall, 38, and Korody, whose age was given as either 28 or 29, were “inspired by Al-Qaeda ideology,” they appeared to be acting alone, police added.
“There is no evidence to indicate that these individuals had the support or were acting at the direction of a terrorist group, per se,” police said. AFP
The devices were seized outside the Victoria regional parliament on Monday as about 40,000 people gathered to celebrate the 146th year of independence for Canada.
There was no evidence linking the two arrested individuals to those behind the Boston Marathon bombing in April, who also used pressure cooker devices, or the two people arrested in Toronto the same month for a plot to bomb a passenger train, police said.