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RCMP suspected couple were making bomb

The Gazette logo The Gazette 2017-02-17 Paul Cherry, Montreal Gazette
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With their investigation just a few days old, the RCMP gathered enough evidence to search the homes of Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali. 

As those search warrants were carried out, on April 14, 2015, the RCMP hoped to find evidence to support their theory that the young couple were heading to Syria, possibly to fight with ISIS. But according to affidavits filed as part of the investigation the Mounties also found evidence Djermane and Jamali were allegedly preparing to make a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the ones used in the terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon in 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 250 others. The details contained in the affidavits are allegations and have not been proven in court. 

Inside Djermane’s apartment on Aird Ave., the investigators found a blue notebook with handwritten notes on how to build the bomb. The RCMP believes the instructions were copied “word for word” from Inspire, a jihadist propaganda magazine published by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. The instructions were in editions of Inspire published in 2010 and again in 2013.  

The RCMP also found documents indicating Djermane was preparing to file for a new passport even though her existing one was considered valid. A recently purchased suitcase packed with clothes provided evidence Djermane was preparing to go on a long trip. 

Inside the apartment where Jamali lived with his parents, on De Louvian St., the RCMP found a plastic bag from a Dollarama store that contained items that (according to a receipt also found in the bag) had been purchased on Feb. 4, 2015. Among the things found in the bag were duct tape, two different types of batteries, assorted nails and super glue. 

“It should be noted that according to (an analyst with the RCMP) following an analysis of the Dollarama receipt, this includes the key elements to construct an improvised explosive,” the author of one of the affidavits wrote in support of a request to search the apartments a second time, this time with the goal of finding more evidence that a pressure-cooker bomb was about to be assembled. 

“(Based on what was found) it is now more than pertinent to opt for a new search warrant at the same two locations to search for items relative to the offence related to the explosives. The support of specialized technicians will be used with the goal of maximizing the searches, and to advance the investigation,” the author of the affidavit wrote. The RCMP also wanted to search through Djermane and Jamali’s contact information to see if anyone else had allegedly conspired with them to build the bomb. To date, no one else has been charged in connection with the case brought against the young couple.

pcherry@postmedia.com

 

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