BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC Terror Plot Not Province's First

07/02/2013 07:19 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 11:51 EDT
Globe and Mail

The arrests of two people in connection with an alleged terrorist plot at the B.C. legislature is not the first time the province has seen a large-scale attack either planned or carried out.

The alleged plot to bomb the legislature on Canada Day that has seen the RCMP lay charges against John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Korody may be the first time that such a plan has been aimed at a public place, but terrorists have carried out acts in and around B.C. on numerous occasions.

Air India Flight 182 took off from Vancouver airport in June 1985 before it exploded over the Pacific Ocean, killing 329 people.

Bomb-maker Inderjit Singh Reyat, from Duncan, B.C., pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his involvement in the bombing, and was later convicted of perjury for lying 19 times during the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri. The Supreme Court of Canada turned down his appeal of the perjury conviction.

In 1986, Punjabi minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu was shot on Vancouver Island while visiting Canada for his nephew's wedding.

Surrey resident Jaspal Singh Atwal was convicted alongside three others in connection with the attempted assassination. Then, in 2012, Atwal appeared at the B.C. legislature for the budget speech as a government-invited guest.

Six bombings targeted gas pipelines owned by the EnCana corporation in 2008 and 2009, prompting heavy police presence in the area.

Check out B.C.'s history of terrorist acts:

B.C.'s Terrorist Attack History

Air India Flight 182 - 1985: Air India Flight 182 took off from Vancouver airport in June 1985 before it exploded over the Atlantic Ocean, killing 329 people. One of the suspects, Inderjit Singh Reyat of Duncan, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the bombing.

Squamish Five Targets BC Hydro Substation - 1982: The Squamish Five were a group of eco-terrorists who bombed BC Hydro's Dunsmuir substation in 1982. Ann Hansen recounted the bombing in her book, "Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla."

Malkiat Singh Sidhu Shooting - 1986: In 1986, Punjabi minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu was shot on Vancouver Island while visiting Canada for his nephew's wedding.

Eco-Terrorists Destroy Logging Bridge - 1995: In 1995, a $2 million logging bridge was destroyed by fire, CSIS counter-terrorism expert Tim Smith recounted in his paper, "Single Issue Terrorism."

Tara Singh Hayer Assassinated - 1998: Newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer was shot and killed in Surrey in 1998. He had agreed to act as a witness in the Air India trial.

Rebecca Rubin Arrested - 2012: North Vancouver's Rebecca Rubin turned herself into the FBI at the Blaine, Washington border crossing. She was wanted on arson and conspiracy charges stemming from a 1998 firebombing of a Colorado ski resort.

EnCana Pipeline Bombings - 2008-09: Six bombings took place on EnCana's gas pipeline network near Dawson Creek between 2008 and 2009.