Police foil mall murder plot
Canadian police yesterday foiled a plot by two suspects who were planning to go to a mall and kill as many people as they could before committing suicide on Valentine's Day in Halifax.
A senior police official told The Associated Press yesterday that police acted quickly after receiving information from the public on the Crime Stoppers tip line.
The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorised to speak publicly.
A 19-year-old male suspect shot himself to death after police surrounded his home, the official said. A 23-year-old woman from Geneva, Illinois, was arrested at Halifax airport and confessed to the plot, the official said, adding that she had prepared a number of pronouncements to be tweeted after her death.
The official said the suspects used a chat stream and were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings. Police and Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the plot was not related to Islamic terrorism.
"This appeared to be a group of murderous misfits that were coming here, or were living here, and prepared to wreak havoc and mayhem on our community," MacKay said. "It would have been devastating. Mass casualties were a real possibility."