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    Little known about suspects
    Shocked residents witness raids in quiet, middle-class neighbourhoods
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    A terror suspect is escorted to a police vehicle in Pickering, Ont., on Saturday.
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    Font: * * * * Lauren La Rose, Brett Popplewell and Sean Patrick Sullivan, The Canadian Press
    Published: Sunday, June 04, 2006
    TORONTO - From an unmarried computer programmer to a university health sciences graduate and the unemployed, the 17 suspects charged in a foiled terrorist plot represent a "broad strata" of Canadian society.

    "Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed," RCMP assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said Saturday.

    The 12 men in custody range in age from 19 to 43 and are residents of Toronto, Mississauga and Kingston, Ont., while the five youths cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    Rocco Galati, lawyer for two of the Mississauga suspects, said Ahmad Ghany is a 21-year-old health sciences graduate from McMaster University in Hamilton. He was born in Canada, the son of a medical doctor who emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago in 1955.

    Shareef Abdelhaleen is a 30-year-old unmarried computer programmer of Egyptian descent, Galati said. He emigrated from Egypt at the age of 10 with his father who is now an engineer on contract with Atomic Energy of Canada, the lawyer said.

    Galati said neither of his clients have criminal records and are both "model citizens."

    The middle-class, east-end Toronto neighbourhood terror suspect Steven Chand calls home is filled with children, lined with two-storey homes and green, well-maintained lawns.

    Area resident Casey Grenier, 32, stood with two neighbours enjoying a beer on a porch next door to Chand's residence, where unmarked cars and police officers were parked.

    "It's a real quiet neighbourhood," Grenier said. "You get up in the morning and you hear the crickets chirping."

    Grenier said police pulled up at the residence around 4 p.m. with forensics trucks and a SWAT team and blocked off the street. Police were seen by neighbours leaving the residence carrying sealed Ziploc bags containing unspecified items.

    Neighbours said Chand, also known as Abdul Shakur, rented a basement apartment in the home, owned by Mohammad Attique, a father of five.

    Attique operated an Islamic bookstore from the home, but neighbours drew up a petition last year calling for the business to be shut down because it was being operated in a residential neighbourhood.

    Neighbours said the owner had built a two-level garage behind the home to house the bookstore, and was allegedly dumping debris into an electrical field with power lines behind the house.

    Grenier said residents of the home kept to themselves, but he noticed unusual activity in the early morning hours.

    "You never see them during the day, always deliveries late at night, early in the morning," said Grenier, a Toronto Transit Commission employee. "I get home at about 2:30, 3 o'clock (in the morning) and you always see people coming in and out, but you just assume it's books coming out."

    A stroller was parked outside the front door of the semi-detached Toronto home of Fahim Ahmad, 21, Saturday, the scene of a police raid the night before.

    A young woman in her 20s at Ahmad's residence refused comment.

    Jim Kovac was in his basement exercising when his wife saw SWAT teams out front and called him up to the main floor, as police were raiding the Mississauga home of Asad Ansari, 21, on Friday.

    "Two things went through my head: it was either drugs or terrorists," said Kovac, 24, who lives two doors down from the home. "It's hard to believe, but I guess it could happen anywhere."

    Residents of a Mississauga, Ont., neighbourhood knew little about Zakaria Amara, 20. Neighbours said he was an in-law of the family who lived at the home. Neighbours said the family, a mother and her three daughters, had lived there for two years. They had not noticed a male figure in the house.

    Tony Sbrocchi, 38, a neighbourhood resident for 10 years, said he saw individuals backing a U-Haul into the driveway of the residence and loading up the vehicle on Monday, and that a group of three unfamiliar males left the next morning.

    "It was very suspicious," Sbrocchi said, adding that he was unsure of what was being loading into the truck.

    While the RCMP said suspects Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Mohamed, 24, were from Kingston, Ont., members of the city's Muslim community were at a loss as to who the men were and what they were doing in this eastern Ontario city.

    "I have been asking around and no one seems to know them," said Hafizur Rahman, president of the Islamic Centre of Kingston.

    Will find it on

    CLEARLY these guys were trying to set up a terrorist attack.

    What is scary is that some of these guys were very educated men, and were about my age.

    I find it fascinating that they actually went to a wahabi mosque. :roll:

    why is it that america and canada still allows wahabist mosques to be set up?

    Because i think he's funny.

    Oh and then there is this:

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    17 arrests Sweep nets explosive materials as part of international investigation
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    Font: * * * * STEWART BELL and KELLY PATRICK, CanWest News Service
    Published: Sunday, June 04, 2006
    A Canadian counterterrorism investigation that led to the arrests of 17 people accused of plotting bombings in Ontario is linked to probes in a half-dozen countries.

    Well before police tactical teams began their sweeps around Toronto on Friday, at least 18 related arrests had already taken place in Canada, the United States, Britain, Bosnia, Denmark, Sweden and Bangladesh.

    The six-month RCMP investigation, called Project OSage, is one of several overlapping probes that include an FBI case called Operation Northern Exposure and a British probe known as Operation Mazhar.

    At a news conference yesterday, the RCMP announced terrorism charges had been laid against a dozen Toronto-area men and five teens under the age of 18. The group "took steps to acquire components necessary to create explosive devices" including three tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, police said.

    Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is commonly used in terrorist bombs, police said.

    By comparison, the truck bomb used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people, contained a single tonne of ammonium nitrate.

    "It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack," said RCMP assistant commissioner Mike McDonell.

    "This group posed a real threat. It had the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks."

    Police declined to identify the intended targets because the investigation is continuing, but said they were all in southern Ontario and did not include the Toronto transit system, as some news media had reported.

    As senior RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service officials spoke to reporters, some of the evidence seized during police raids was displayed on a table guarded by police officers.

    The materials included a bag of ammonium nitrate, a pistol and ammunition clip, computer hard drive, and what appeared to be a cellphone-activated electronic detonator hidden inside a small black fishing tackle box.

    The accused made brief court appearances in Brampton, north of Toronto, yesterday.

    They face charges of participating in the acts of a terrorist group, including training and recruitment; firearms and explosives offences for the purposes of terrorism and providing property for terrorist purposes.

    The accused men are mostly in their teens and 20s. They include men of Somali, Egyptian, Jamaican and Trinidadian origin. All are residents of Canada and "for the most part" are Canadian citizens, police said.

    Charged are: Fahim Ahmad, 21, Zakaria Amara, 20, Asad Ansari, 21, Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mohammed Dirie, 22, Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Jahmaal James, 23, Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, Steven Vikash Chand, 25, and Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21. A 12th man and five youths can't be named.

    "For various reasons, they appear to have become adherents to a violent ideology inspired by Al-Qa'ida," said Luc Portelance, the CSIS assistant director of operations.

    "Any movement that has the ability to turn people against their fellow citizens is obviously something that CSIS is very concerned about."

    Terror plot foiled
    17 arrests Sweep nets explosive materials as part of international investigation
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    Font: * * * * STEWART BELL and KELLY PATRICK, CanWest News Service
    Published: Sunday, June 04, 2006
    He called the investigation the largest since the Anti-terrorism Act was passed in December 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

    "It is important to know that this operation in no way reflects negatively on any specific community, or ethno-cultural group in Canada," he added.

    CSIS and RCMP officials invited about a dozen members of Toronto's Muslim community to a meeting yesterday morning to discuss potential fallout.

    "The police said they are cognizant of the fact that there could be a backlash and that they've taken all precautions to ensure that nothing like this happens," said Canadian Muslim Congress spokesperson Tarek Fatah. "They are very conscious of the fact that this is a small group of criminals and they don't reflect the vast Muslim community in Toronto."

    The Toronto busts are linked to arrests that began last August at a Canadian border post near Niagara Falls and continued in October in Sarajevo, London and Scandinavia, and this year in New York and Georgia.

    The FBI confirmed yesterday the arrests were related to the recent indictments in the United States of Ehsanul Sadequee and Syed Ahmed, who are accused of meeting with extremists in Toronto last March to discuss terrorist training and plots.
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    Toronto mosque vandalized, police not sure if act backlash to terror arrests
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    Published: Sunday, June 04, 2006
    TORONTO (CP) - Police won't say whether an act of vandalism at a west-end Toronto mosque is linked to the breakup of an alleged terror plot over the weekend.

    Toronto Police Sgt. Cheryl Sanson says about 28 windows were smashed overnight at the International Muslim Organization of Toronto.

    She says police don't know if the vandalism was linked to the arrest Friday of 17 people who were allegedly planning a major terrorist attack.

    The building's caretaker says people were distraught when they saw the broken glass this morning.

    Eunof Baksh says he can't understand why anyone would damage the building.

    Police arrested 17 people in what they believed was a terrorist ring plotting an attack using three times the explosive material used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
    Last edited by AAAhmed46; 6/04/2006 11:41am, .

    Because i think he's funny.


      Looks like they didn't get the message from CAIR, MPAC et al that Islam is a religion of peace.


        Originally posted by Samurai Steve
        Looks like they didn't get the message from CAIR, MPAC et al that Islam is a religion of peace.
        CAIR should seriously change it's priorities.

        It's too focussed on Islam's image when really it should do work on distroying Wahabism and all the fucked up philosophies created after the cold-war as well as Hamas and other palistinian anti-isreali sentiment,

        Essentially they should educated muslims about extremism and how to tell the difference, and there is a serious lack of this education in my opinion.
        If CAIR wants to fix Islam's reputation, then it should contributed in cutting away the cancers in the muslms world, and im not just talking extremists either.

        Plus those guys must not be emotionally stable.
        Last edited by AAAhmed46; 6/04/2006 5:26pm, .

        Because i think he's funny.


          Wow. That's a half hour from where I'm moving this september. Wow...


            Religion is a scourge.
            You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.


              And they wanted to blow up Canadian targets, what did Canada ever do to offend Islam?*

              (Compared to the USA, I know the answer to that question.)


                I think they were actually disgruntled Leaf fans and were targeting the teachers Union.



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