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A man and three women in their early twenties have been charged with committing a terrorism-related prank following smoke-bomb attacks that crippled the Montreal subway system Thursday.

The suspects, Francois-Vivier Gagnon, Genevieve Vaillancourt, Vanessa L’Ecuyer and Roxanne Belisle, turned themselves in to authorities Friday.

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They appeared in court via video conference today to face charges of inciting fear of terrorism, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

They were also charged with conspiracy and mischief of over $5,000, while Mr. Gagnon was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Smoke bombs were set off at several metro stops at the height of rush hour Thursday morning, forcing the entire subway system to shut down.

A merchants’ association and a conservative economic think-tank have estimated that the incident cost Montreal several million dollars in lost productivity.

They are scheduled to appear in court again on Monday.

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