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Bomb-making equipment uncovered in Okanagan home

09/06/2013 07:06 EDT | Updated 11/06/2013 05:12 EST
A West Kelowna man is facing charges for allegedly making explosive devices in his home, but police say they don't believe the case has any links to terrorists operations.

The unidentified 36-year-old was in the process of moving to Oyama when police were tipped off, according to a statement issued by Sgt. Lindsay Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

The CFSEU-BC executed a raid on both residences on Aug. 28 that turned up what police describe as "bomb-making equipment," including "modified timers, batteries, igniters, dismantled shotgun shells, a container of black powder, and small wooden boxes fitted with wiring."

No fully-built bombs or explosive devices were found, but police also seized several compound bows, a crossbow, brass knuckles, two semi-automatic assault-style rifles with over-capacity magazines, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

Police say charges of possession of an explosive substance, firearms, and controlled substance-related charges are being considered. The man was also allegedly violating a prohibition order involving explosive materials, devices, and weapons.

Houghton said police don't yet know why the man had the materials, but are exploring the extent of his connections to gang activity.

"The man has a criminal record and has been remanded into custody and transported to Alberta regarding an unrelated criminal matter," he said.

Houghton said police do not believe the man has any links to terrorist organizations.

"This investigation is not in any way associated to national security and there is absolutely no indication or information to support that the investigation has any links to terrorism or extremism. CFSEU-BC’s investigation is focused solely on the possible gang-related criminal activity."

On July 1 police arrested a couple from the Surrey, B.C., for allegedly attempting to plant a bomb at Canada Day celebrations outside the legislature in Victoria, as part of a plot allegedly inspired by— but not directly connected to — al-Queda.

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