Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I Want to Kill': B.C. Terror Suspect Appears Eager as Canada Day Nears

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I Want to Kill': B.C. Terror Suspect Appears Eager as Canada Day Nears

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B.C. terror suspect eager ahead of Canada Day: trial


VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man accused of plotting to bomb the provincial legislature on Canada Day appeared eager to carry out the attack in the days leading up to the holiday, telling an undercover RCMP officer they were in the middle of a war, his trial has heard.

John Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody are accused of planning a foiled terrorist attack in Victoria on July 1, 2013. They were arrested after an undercover investigation that captured dozens of hours of video and audio recordings, which are now being played for a jury.

The latest video, recorded on June 28, features Nuttall and Korody with an undercover officer, who they believe is an Arab businessman helping them execute their plan. The officer is driving the couple around the Vancouver area as they pick up bomb-making supplies and then visit a mosque.

Nuttall is still working out the details of his plan, such as where in Victoria they should plant their homemade pressure-cooker bombs and how they should set them off.

"I want some payback," Nuttall, a recent convert to Islam, tells the officer in the video played in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday.

"I want to kill some (non-believers). It's justified fully. I need no fatwa, brother. I am clean in my heart. I know what I'm doing is right."

Later, Nuttall tells the officer: "This is a war."

The jury has watched hours of surveillance video, including many instances in which Nuttall refers to Islam to justify his plans. He has railed against the Canadian military's involvement in Muslim countries and declared his hatred of Canada.

Nuttall has previously suggested he converted to Islam about a year and a half earlier and immediately started asking questions about jihad.

He found the plans for homemade pressure-cooker bombs in an al-Qaida-affiliated magazine titled Inspire, which he downloaded on the Internet. …

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