Canadian officers in Nova Scotia foiled a Valentine’s Day massacre plan that was moments from taking place, thanks to a tipster who led them to stop the suspects before they could enact their sinister plan to bring about as much death as possible at an unnamed mall in Halifax on Saturday.
According to Canadian news source CBCNews, Nova Scotia police took four of the five suspects responsible for the plot into custody, the fifth committed suicide as law enforcement surrounded the home the individual was hiding out in.
“I can tell you that it was a tip, a source from the public that initiated the initial investigation,” Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer Brian Brennan stated. “We want people to know we became aware, we acted quickly and intercepted a threat.”
Although the identities of the suspects, living and deceased, have not been released, dark details surrounding their massive mall attack have come to light in the hours after the plot take down, early Saturday morning between 2-3 am. Online communication between the suspects indicated that they were obsessed with death and discussed opening fire to kill as many citizens as possible at a public venue on February 14, then would go out in a blaze of glory by killing themselves.
Police do not believe the plot was related to Islamic terrorism. “I would classify it as a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens,” Brennan stated. The officer noted that their beliefs were “not culturally based” but would not comment further on what they entailed, according to the news report.
Brennan said his department received a tip on Thursday morning indicating that a 19-year-old man from Canada and a 23-year-old woman from Illinois, had a cache of weapons accessible to them and posed a significant threat to the community with what they had expressed they planned to do and the ability to carry it out. Officers determined the location of the 19-year-old suspect on Friday and found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home.
Another male and the female suspect were arrested Friday morning around 2 a.m at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where the male had gone to meet the female who had just arrived in Canada to carry out the attack. Two other suspects were identified as part of the plot, both males, one 20, the other 17, whose roles in the planned attack were not specified, but they were taken into custody Friday around 11 a.m.
“We believe we have apprehended all known individuals in this matter and eliminated the threat,” Brennan said. “We are not seeking any further suspects at this time in relation to this investigation.”
Police encourage the public to always be vigilant so they can eliminate viable threats before they are carried out. It’s because of diligent citizens and quick police work, that this potentially tragic event was dealt with effectively.
—Courtesy of Mad World News