A British Columbia man and woman have been charged with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack.
Police say explosive devices were placed outside the province’s legislature on Canada Day, where thousands were gathered for the national holiday according to CTV News.
Amanda Marie Korody, 30, and John Stewart Nuttall, 39 — both of Surrey, British Columbia — have each been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, and possession of an explosive substance.
CBC News stated the two had been arrested Monday and have been accused of building explosive devices with the “purpose of causing death or serious bodily injuries,” which were placed outside the British Columbia legislature in Victoria on Canada Day.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) say the contents of the explosive devices included nuts, bolts, nails, washers, and other materials intended to kill or maim people.
Reports say that the two were self-radicalized and inspired by al-Qaeda, although police do not believe the two have been in contact with other militant groups.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia stated “our investigation demonstrated that this was a domestic threat, without international linkages.”
According to BBC News, RCMP officials said the pair had been charged with conspiring to place an explosive in a public place with the intent of causing death or serious injury and with possessing a device to cause an explosion.
They also stated that the two face one count of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity.
The RCMP have released photos of pressure cookers said to have been filled with nuts, bolts, nails, washers, and other material that could kill or injure people.
The pressure cookers are similar to those used in the Boston marathon bombing in April.
This isn’t the only thwarted plot that has been stopped before any damage could be done. In April, Canadian police thwarted a terror plot and arrested two suspects linked with al Qaeda.
Malitzia stated that the public had been in no actual danger in the Canada Day bomb plot because they detected the plot early on and were able to defuse the situation quickly.
[Image via The Vancouver Sun/RCMP]