Canada Arrests 17 Terror Suspects After Multinational Inquiry

“Seventeen Canadian residents arrested on terrorism charges were inspired by al Qaeda, had amassed enough explosives to build huge bombs and were planning to blow up targets in densely populated Ontario,” reports Reuters. “… The group possessed three tons of ammonium nitrate–or three times the amount used in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City that killed 168–and were preparing to make bombs.” Some of the suspects were accused “of plotting to storm Parliament, take hostages and behead the prime minister unless Canada withdrew its troops from Afghanistan,” reports the Associated Press. “Hours later police in West Yorkshire [England] arrested a 16-year-old youth after documents and mobile phone records seized in Canada revealed a British link to the alleged gang of Muslim militants operating from their homes in the Toronto suburbs,” reports the London Times. The arrests were “part of a continuing, multinational inquiry into suspected terrorist cells in at least seven countries,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

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