Canada Day Bomb

July 3, 2013 by  

Canada Day Bomb, Two so-called self-radicalized B.C. residents who allegedly attempted to detonate pressure cooker bombs outside the B.C. legislature during Canada Day celebrations may have been inspired by a recent al-Qaeda publication, say several security experts, but others who have known one of the accused for years are expressing surprise and disbelief.

Amanda Marie Korody, believed to be around 30, and John Stewart Nuttall, 39, both of Surrey, B.C., have each been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and possession of an explosive substance.

They were arrested Monday and are accused of building explosive devices with the “purpose of causing death or serious bodily injuries,” which were placed outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Canada Day when about 40,000 people were attending celebrations on the grounds.

The RCMP said the pair were “inspired by al-Qaeda,” but “took steps to educate themselves.” Police said the pair had no actual connection with al-Qaeda or any other international group.

Links to al-Qaeda doubtful, say experts
Former Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya said he believed the pair were likely acting completely on their own.

“‘Inspired from al-Qaeda’ I think is misleading. I don’t think we will discover that they had anything to do at all with al-Qaeda, because the indicators are not there.”

An improvised explosive device created with a pressure cooker filled with rusted nails is shown in this RCMP photo released to media on Tuesday. Mounties say they’ve arrested two Canadian-born suspects in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the B.C. legislature on Canada Day. (RCMP/Canadian Press)
“Al-Qaeda has never used women. Al-Qaeda converted people who will embrace the cause, who will usually convert and change their names, and these people have Canadian names.”

“I think we are witnessing much more of what we have been observing since 9/11, which is the rise of extremists, various extremist groups, which has nothing to do with al-Qaeda, but are using terrorists’ means to sort of promote their ideology and promote their message.”

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