Saturday, June 03, 2006

17 Suspects Snared in Canadian Bomb Plot

Canada Holds 17 In Alleged Bomb Plot
Strikes on Ontario Sites Said Imminent
By Doug Struck

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, June 4, 2006; Page A01

TORONTO, June 3 -- Canadian intelligence agents and police have arrested 17 people who had amassed a huge cache of explosives and were ready to bomb public targets, authorities said Saturday.

The 12 men and five juveniles were seized in raids Friday night in the suburbs of Toronto. Police said the suspects, most of whom were believed to be Canadian citizens, had assembled three tons of ammonium nitrate and fashioned a cellphone into a detonator.

The bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 killed 168 people with two tons of the same chemical fertilizer packed in a truck.

Authorities declined to identify the group's planned targets, but a report in the Toronto Star said the sites included the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and the Toronto offices of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, near the famed CN Tower downtown.


Score 1 for the good guys.

If you read the full article you'll discover something of a new disturbing recruiting trend though in that these men had all been in Canada since childhood and were Canadian citizens. The idea of homegrown terrorists is alot more disturbing than foreign infiltrators. And if you are of the opinion that the government is overstepping its powers now just wait until a Muslim American citizen successfully sets off a bomb of his own free will.