Bomb plot suspects’ neighbour heard talk of ‘jihad’

People living next door to a B.C. couple accused of trying to carry out a domestic terrorist plot came home from work Tuesday to learn their neighbours were in jail.

North Surrey resident Charlene Thompson lives across from a basement suite apartment where police were camped out for the past day. The two who were living there, John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, are accused of trying to detonate homemade bombs at the B.C. legislature on Canada Day.


Thompson said she wasn’t entirely surprised after hearing the news, as she witnessed some troubling behaviour at the home starting about four months ago.

She said that early one morning, she overheard Nuttall having a loud phone conversation in the alley.


“[He was] yelling into his cellphone, and you could hear the guy yelling back at him on the cellphone,” said Thompson, who then called 911.

“He was … talking about jihad and all sorts of things,” she added.

Nuttall and Korody are alleged to have turned ordinary pressure cookers into improvised explosive devices filled with rusted nails, nuts, bolts and washers. RCMP accuse the couple of planning to detonate them outside the legislature building.

An RCMP official claims the couple were “inspired by al-Qaeda ideology,” but security experts and some who know the accused question what, exactly, that means.

“I wasn’t really surprised … It is a little shocking, but I wasn’t surprised,” Thompson said. “I figured something was going to go with this guy — he wasn’t really shy about who he was.”