A man and woman from B.C. have been arrested and charged in a terror plot targeting the BC legislature in Victoria on Canada Day.
RCMP allege John Stewart Nuttall, in his late 30s, and Amanda Marie Korody, in her late 20s, both from Surrey, BC, built explosive devices they planned to detonate at the provincial parliament buildings as part of an attack inspired by al-Qaida ideology. (…)
CMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said investigators began monitoring Nuttall and Korody in February based on information provided by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. They are both Canadian citizens who did not have contact with international terrorists, Malizia said.
Malizia added there was no evidence the pressure-cooker explosives were linked to the Boston Marathon attack, despite similar appearances.
However, a terrorism expert said it’s likely the duo were converts to radical Islam and coached in the alleged plot.
“This idea of self-radicalizing is very interesting,” Simon Fraser University professor Andre Gerolymatos told QMI Agency from Athens, Greece. “Most experts do not believe that an individual could get on the Internet and, following various jihadist websites, become a terrorist.
“It takes more than that. There has to be someone who’s going to take you down this path. Some individual or individuals.”
He added the bombs were designed to kill people and not damage buildings.
These kinds of bombs are what have been used in Afghanistan and Iraq by al-Qaida and by the Taliban.” Gerolymatos said.