Mounties Thwart Plot To Bomb Canada Day Celebration In Victoria
By Tom Banse
Police in British Columbia Tuesday announced that they foiled a terrorist plot to bomb the Canada Day celebration in Victoria yesterday Monday. Photos released by the RCMP show three unexploded pressure cooker bombs filled with rusty nails, nuts and bolts.
The devices resemble those used in the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, but Canadian police say the two attacks are not connected. Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout says officers arrested a man and a woman believed responsible for the plot. He described them as Canadian-born citizens inspired by "al-Qaida ideology."
Wayne Rideout: "This self-radicalized behavior was intended to create maximum impact and harm to Canadian citizens at the B.C. Legislature on a national holiday. They took steps to educate themselves and to produce devices designed to cause injury and death."
Rideout told a news conference broadcast by the CBC that the alleged plotters have been under surveillance since February.
Evidence photo of bomb components seized by RCMP yesterday at parliament building in Victoria, BC. RCMP handout photo.
He assured Canadians that the bombs planted in Victoria were inert, but declined to explain how undercover detectives were able to arrange that.
The thousands of people who gathered around Victoria's Inner Harbor Monday to celebrate their national holiday were unaware of the unfolding police bust.
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