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The two other suspects made brief appearances in court Thursday on charges that they had plans to make bombs and had plans to use them.
Police arrested Hiva Alizadeh and Misbahuddin Ahmed in Ottawa on Wednesday and Khurram Syed Sher in London, Ontario on Thursday. Mr. Alizadeh, 30, and Mr. Ahmed, 26, appeared in court Thursday. All three are Canadian.
Mr. Sher, 28, appeared on the reality show “Canadian Idol” in 2008, when he sang a comical version of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” complete with dance moves that included a moonwalk. He told the judges he is from Pakistan and likes hockey, music and acting.
Police say the men had plans and schematics to make improvised explosive devices. Police seized 50 electronic circuit boards, which they say could be used as remote-control triggers for bombs. They said one of the men was trained overseas to make explosive booby traps, but did not specify which one.
Police say they moved in on the men to prevent them from sending money to terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
Superintendent Therriault said details on the targets would be released in court. Police say they conspired with three other people to “knowingly facilitate terrorist activities” in Canada and abroad. Police say the plot ranged from Canada to Iran, Afghanistan, Dubai and Pakistan, but they did not elaborate.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the arrests should remind Canadians that they are not immune to terrorism.
“The networks that threaten us are worldwide. They exist not only in remote countries but they have - through globalization and through the Internet - they have links through our country and all through the world,” Mr. Harper said.
“He is in shock. That’s all I can say,” Mr. Carter said.
Police descended on a home in Canada’s national capital of Ottawa early Wednesday.
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