Suspects in Ottawa bomb plot now number 8

Aug. 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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OTTAWA, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The number of suspects in an alleged plot to bomb Canada's Parliament buildings has risen to eight, investigators said.

The seventh member of an alleged Ottawa terror cell was arrested Friday, but authorities have now identified an eighth conspirator, the Ottawa Citizen reported Saturday.

On Friday, a heavily armed team converged on a vehicle in Ottawa, handcuffing the driver and searching the car. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he has not been charged and his identity was being withheld.

Three other Canadians were arrested in Ottawa and London, Ontario, Wednesday and Thursday after a yearlong probe called Project Samossa. Three others, believed to be noncitizens and out of the country, are named as unindicted co-conspirators in what police believe was a radical Islamic terror ring.

On Thursday, RCMP Chief Supt. Serge Therriault, head of criminal operations for the capital region, said Project Samossa was forced to move on the suspects this week when police learned financial support was about to be transferred from Canada for weapons to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The plot was in its early stages and "months" away from being viable, Therriault said.

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