- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Canadian authorities have arrested a man and a woman who were suspected of plotting a pressure-cooker bomb attack at the legislative building in British Columbia.

The suspects are believed to have been inspired by al Qaeda, The Associated Press reported.

They were allegedly planning to detonate the bomb on Canada Day, July 1, when thousands of people — including hundreds of police — would have been at the site, the Toronto Star reported.

The suspects — John Nuttall and Amanda Korody — had watched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since February, AP said. The two were arrested in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said the suspected plot came absent international connections — but the suspects in the attack were allegedly going to use the same type of bombs that were used in the April 15 Boston Marathon attacks, AP said.

Mr. Nuttall converted to Islam years ago, said a lawyer who once represented him, the Star reported.

The attorney, Tom Morino, said Ms. Korody was a “very, very quiet young lady who appeared very devoted to their relationship,” AP reported.

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