Det canadiske føderale politiet RCMP har arrestert to personer, et kjærestepar hvor den ene for noen år siden var konvertert til islam, for å ha planlagt å sprenge en bombe ved den lovgivende forsamlingen i Stillehavsprovinsen British Columbias hovedstad Victoria.

Ugjerningen var ment å skje den 1. juli, som er Canadas nasjonaldag, da et høyt antall mennesker befinner seg på stedet i forbindelse med feiringen.

One suspect is a musician with a history of methadone use, who converted to Islam a few years ago. The other is his lover, 10 years his junior.

Together, John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody of Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver, are accused of allegedly plotting to explode pressure-cooker bombs on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, while thousands were celebrating Canada Day.

After a five-month investigation, the RCMP arrested them both on July 1, and have laid charges against Mr. Nuttall, in his late 30s, and Ms. Korody, in her late 20s. The pair are both charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and making or having in their possession an explosive substance. They made a brief appearance in court Tuesday and the case was put over until July 9.

The RCMP revealed few details about what may have motivated the alleged plot, only saying they believe the two accused were “inspired by al-Qaeda ideology” but were “self-radicalized” without support from abroad.


The Globe and Mail: RCMP thwarts alleged plot to bomb B.C. Legislature on Canada Day