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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
that Nuttall converted to Islam long ago. He has represented his client
several times on past charges, but refused to discuss them with the
The pair contemplated a wide variety of targets and techniques before the attempted mass murder, police said.
Safety Minister Vic Toews credited information sharing programs among
security and law enforcement agencies for preventing the attack.
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
The exact location of the planted explosives and how police tracked down and found the attackers have yet to be revealed.