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Two charged in terrorist plot were arrested in Abbotsford
The two individuals charged with conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack in Victoria on Canada Day were arrested in Abbotsford at about 2 p.m. on Monday, RCMP have confirmed.
No further details on the arrest have yet been provided, including why Surrey residents Amanda Korody and John Nuttall were in Abbotsford and exactly where they were arrested.
The two have been charged with making and possessing an explosive substance, conspiring to commit an indictable offence and knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity.
The offences occurred on March 2 and June 25, according to the provincial court database.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald confirmed that local police were "looped in and made aware (of the arrest) and assisted where necessary," but referred further questions to the RCMP.
RCMP had been investigating the pair for the past five months and say that Korody and Nuttall took steps to educate themselves and build explosive devices with the intention of placing them at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on Canada Day.
"In order to ensure public safety, we employed a variety of complex investigate and covert techniques to control any opportunity the suspects had to commit harm," RCMP Assistant Commission Wayne Rideout said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Rideout said the devices were under police control, were inert and "at no time represented a threat to public safety."
Items seized by police included pressure cookers that were to be used as improvised explosive devices using nuts, bolts, nails and washers.
Korody, 29, and Nuttall, 38, are currently both in custody and are next slated to appear in Surrey provincial court on July 9.
Korody has no prior criminal charges, but Nuttall was convicted of robbery in 2003 in Victoria and received an 18-month conditional sentence and a 10-year firearms ban.
In March 2010, he was convicted of assault, mischief and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose – also in Victoria – and received a 60-day conditional sentence (house arrest) and one year of probation.