Canadian youth charged in terror ‘plot’ explosive seized
MONTREAL: A minor has been arrested in Canada and charged with two terrorism-related offenses, police said, after the seizure of a suspected explosive.
Superintendent Peter Lambertucci of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told that Canadian investigators received in late December 8 credible FBI information an attack plot with no specific date, time or location affixed to it.
Lambertucci said, there was never a threat to public safety, but the young suspect was to be involved in the manufacturing of homemade explosive devices and that was one of the subjects of our investigation.
He also said that during a search of two Kingston, Ontario homes early on Friday officers found a suspected ‘explosive substance’ which was removed and later detonated.
The minor, whose identity is protected under Canadian law, was charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counseling a person to deliver discharge or detonate an explosive device with intent to cause death or serious injury.
The RCMP also arrested an adult man, in Kingston on Thursday night, between Toronto and Montreal way. He has not been charged and has to be released within 24 hours unless a formal criminal complaint is laid.
Public broadcaster CBC named the adult arrested but not charged as 20-year-old Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, he was of Syrian refugee.
Hussam Eddin’s parents arrived in Canada as refugees in 2017, after living in Kuwait.
The investigation involved almost 300 personnel and various agencies including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Investigators also used a surveillance plane which spent several days over Kingston in January.
Ralph Goodale (Public Safety Minister) said, Canada’s threat level remains at medium, where it has stood from 2014.