Saturday, June 03, 2006

Mounties get their men

An operation spearheaded by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested 17 terror suspects last night in southern Ontario. The raid netted over three tons of ammonium nitrate, the same fertilizer used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Mike McDonnell of the Mounted Police offered perspective:

"If I can put this in context for you, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people was completed with only one tonne of ammonium nitrate."

"This group posed a real and serious threat," he added. "It had the capacity and intent to carry out these acts."

Most of the suspects are either Canadian citizens or residents. Twelve adults arrested ranged in age from 19-43. Authorities also arrested five youths whose names were not released.

Luc Portelance of CSIS speaking on the background of the suspects:

"For various reasons, they appear to have become adherents of a violent ideology inspired by al-Qaida," Portelance said, although officials stressed there's no direct link between those charged to the terrorist network.

He also said he didn't believe the alleged plot had any relation to Canada's military role in Afghanistan.

Authorities also believe targets were already selected, but did not give any specifics.

A tip of the hat to our neighbors up north.


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