MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they’ve arrested a man on terrorism-related charges.Police say Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was the subject of an outstanding warrant and was arrested Sunday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport upon returning from Tunisia.Belhaj-Chtioui is expected to appear in court in Montreal this afternoon.
Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.
The investigation was conducted by a provincial police unit that probes extremist threats. Continue reading →
OTTAWA – The number of reports of suspicious transactions in Canada possibly related to terrorist financing have jumped in the wake of two deadly attacks on soldiers last month, an official said on Thursday.
The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC), set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensure the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada, asked institutions to quickly flag possible wrongdoing after the attacks.
“In the last few weeks there has been a notable increase in the reporting of suspicious transactions … related to terrorist financing,” said FINTRAC spokesman Peter Lamey.
“They are also of good quality and comprehensive in many cases. It’s been useful to the work we’ve been doing,” he added, declining to give specific details of the numbers.
Lamey would not say whether any of the reports were linked to the fatal attacks.
FINTRAC said last month that in the 2013/14 fiscal year, it passed on 1,143 cases to law enforcement bodies out of 81,735 potentially suspicious transactions reported by institutions – an increase from 919 the previous year.
Of these disclosures, 234 were specifically related to terrorist financing, up from 157 the previous year.
In an annual report presented to Parliament on Thursday, FINTRAC said it had received 241 requests for information from foreign intelligence units in the 2013/14 fiscal year, up from 202 the previous year.
Retired U.S. Marine Fox Sinke has experienced fear for the first time.
The Seaway Valley resident and dual citizen travelled to Ottawa last Friday and marched for several hours at the National War Memorial, in honour of fallen Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
His tribute was captured by a TV news crew to whom Sinke pledged “I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best shot.”
He wasn’t shot at, but several calls were made to his home phone. Men’s voices, which he believes were speaking in Arabic, threatening his life.
“I don’t understand much, but I understand the words — I want to kill you,” he said.
Sinke may not be afraid of the threats, but he’s worried his actions have put his family in danger and he’s not about to take any risks.
“I have somehow managed to put my wife and kids in harm’s way,” he said. “Of all the firefights I’ve been in, I’ve never felt anything akin to fear. But this puts a fear in my heart that makes it hard to breathe.”
Sinke says he’s received about 300 friend requests on Facebook since his trip to Ottawa. He’s been encouraged to come back for the service on Remembrance Day.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Imam Imtiaz Ahmed said the news is troubling. Continue reading →
2 mosques tipped police about man arrested in a violent takedown Saturday
By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:57 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014 7:39 PM ET
The violent arrest in Ottawa of a man who was the target of a national security investigation came a day after he allegedly caused a furor in an Ottawa mosque by publicly praising Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a hero, sources told CBC News.
Luqmann Abdunnur, 39, was arrested last Saturday after a traffic stop and charged with assaulting police, obstructing police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended licence.
Abdunnur was “recently” put under surveillance by one of the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, sources told CBC News.
A day earlier — and two days after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial — the imam at Assunnah Mosque in Ottawa used his Friday sermon to condemn the attack. Witnesses say Abdunnur, the son of American converts to Islam, heckled the imam, calling the gunman a “hero” and a “martyr.” Continue reading →
Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim crimes
Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
November 1, 2014
OTTAWA – Muslim groups are disappointed that Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since two separate attacks by jihadist sympathizers left two Canadian soldiers dead last week.
The prime minister has not publicly uttered one word of support for Canadian Muslims following the incidents, which Harper and the RCMP have labelled acts of terrorism.
He’s remained silent despite an apparent backlash against Muslims , including the defacing of a mosque in Cold Lake, Alta., racist slurs against Muslim candidates in Toronto’s municipal election and threats against the B.C. Muslim Association.
In the latest incident, windows were smashed early Friday morning at the Assunnah Muslims Association mosque in Ottawa. Continue reading →
On Monday, Toronto will vote in municipal elections. One of the candidates for TDSB trustee (Trinity-Spadina), AUSMA MALIK, has participated in fundraising events for the infamous “Toronto 18″ charged Islamic terrorists. She has also participated in events where flags of banned Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah have been openly displayed. Tomorrow we shall be passing out the following flyer. – See more at: http://www.risecanada.com/2014/10/27/monday-3pm-bloor-palmerston-street-team-pass-flyers-re-ausma-malik/#sthash.J7TxQmuJ.dpuf
OTTAWA - The man who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before being gunned down in Parliament’s Centre Block was not one of the 90 radicalized Canadians on an RCMP watchlist, Mounties revealed Thursday.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, “was an individual who may have had extremist beliefs.”
His e-mail was found on a hard drive belonging to someone who’s been arrested for terror-related activities.
Born in Montreal, he later lived in Calgary and Vancouver, then went to Ottawa on Oct. 2 to deal with an issue regarding his passport application, Paulson said. Police believe he was hoping to travel to Syria from Ottawa. Continue reading →
OTTAWA — The Canadian soldier who was shot and killed as he stood guard on a bright and chilly morning at the National War Memorial is identified as Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo, family and military sources say.
A Parliament Hill security guard was wounded in the chaotic attack Wednesday just before 10 a.m. in the nation’s capital that police believe involved more than one assailant.
Cirillo, of Hamilton, was one of two Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada reservists standing guard in front of the monument when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning. The shooter was killed inside the Parliament buildings after firing at least 20 shots.
Ottawa police would not confirm a CBS News report that has identified the dead shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. A high-ranking federal officer confirmed his identity to The Canadian Press. He was born in 1982 and is believed to be Canadian, the American news outlet reported, quoting U.S. officials. Continue reading →
It’s a joint effort between Islamic Social Services, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the RCMP.
All of us have one objective — we want to secure Canada. We want our youth safe. We do not want them recruited by these criminal gangs,” said Shahina Siddiqui, executive director with the Islamic Social Services Association of Canada, one of the groups behind the handbook.
“It’s a collaborative effort on, How do we work together to rid Canada of this phenomenon where some of our youth have been radicalized? Of Islamophobia? Of this suspicion that exists between the Muslim community and our law enforcement?” Continue reading →