RCMP suspect Montrealers were making pressure-cooker bomb

When RCMP investigators searched the homes of Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, the Montrealers arrested in 2015 for terror related offences, they were looking for evidence they were trying to join ISIS in Syria.

According to recently unsealed affidavits filed as part of the investigation, they found a whole lot more.

During a search of Sabrine Djermane's apartment, the documents claim investigators found step by step hand written instructions on how to make a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the ones used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The instructions are believed to have been copied word for word from an Al-Qaeda propaganda magazine.

The documents also claim a search of the apartment where El Mahdi Jamali lived turned up a bag with what investigators believe were the elements necessary to make an improvised explosive device.

The allegations contained in the affidavits have not been proven in court.

The two former Collège de Maisonneuve students face several terrorism related charges including possession of an explosive substance to commit a criminal act, facilitating an act of terrorism, and having acted under the direction of or for the benefit of a terrorist group. 

A trial is scheduled for November 2018.