Police in Canada arrested a man and woman accusing them of attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at British Columbia's provincial legislature on Canada Day, the same day that thousands attended the celebrations in the provincial capital of Victoria.
John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody, who are reportedly a couple, were arrested on Monday. They have been charged with conspiracy, facilitating a terrorist activity and making an explosive device.
The pair was inspired by al-Qaida ideology but was self-radicalized, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) assistant commissioner James Malizia said on Tuesday.
However, Maliza called it a domestic threat without international connections.
Malizia told a news conference at Surrey that there was no evidence or indication to suggest a connection to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in April, this year, where bombs made from pressure cookers were used.
"A day after thousands of patriotic Canadians gathered on these grounds to celebrate the founding of our nation, I'm incredibly relieved to know that there was never any risk to anyone," British Columbia premier Christy Clark said on Tuesday.
"We are also told that the suspects have no ties to any groups inside or outside Canada. Again, an incredible relief that these two individuals appeared to be working alone."
Moreover, RCMP superintendent Wayne Rideout said the public was never at risk as the threat was detected early.
The pair targeted the celebrations, but the bombs were found outside the legislature before the crowds gathered; they were made inactive and put under police control, said police.
"This self-radicalized behavior was intended to create maximum impact and harm to Canadian citizens at the B C legislature on a national holiday. They took steps to educate themselves and produce explosive devices designed to cause injury and death," said Rideout.
Nuttall and Korody made a brief court appearance on Tuesday and would return on July 9 for a bail hearing.
Statin, they were a couple, Tom Morino, Nuttall's lawyer, said: "They refer to each other as husband and wife; ot may be a common-law relationship."
Morino said Nuttall is a convert to Islam, but stressed that Islam and al-Qaida "don't go hand in hand."