Saturday, July 11, 2015
Canadian charged in BC Canada for plotting ‘IS-inspired attacks’.
Canadian charged in BC Canada for plotting ‘IS-inspired attacks’. (VB).
A man was arrested and charged in British Columbia Friday after allegedly posting material supporting the Islamic State group and calling for killings in the name of “jihad,” officials said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 33-year-old Othman Ayed Hamdan of Fort St. John, about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) north of Vancouver, was charged on three counts.
He is accused of counseling to commit murder, counseling to assault causing bodily harm and counseling to commit aggravated assault — all “for the benefit of a terrorist group,” according to an RCMP statement.
Court search shows Hamdan has been in court before for explosives in Fort St. John.
“Hamdan was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (IS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of jihad,” the statement said.
Hamdan, who has been under investigation since October 2014, is in custody and is expected to appear in court shortly.
The RCMP said “a number of items” were seized from his residence.
“We were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said RCMP Superintendent Dan Bond, an assistant criminal operations officer for national security.
Documents obtained by CBC show that a 33-year-old man with the same name in Fort St. John owns a residential building contracting company called Noex Contracting.
Canadian lawmakers passed new anti-terror measures this year, in response to attacks on Canadian soil last October, when a gunman shot dead a ceremonial guard and then stormed parliament, and a soldier was run over and killed in rural Quebec.
The toughened stance has drawn criticism from those who say it violates civil rights and say the law is too broad and lacks oversight.
Officials defended the measure Friday after Hamdan’s arrest, and said that the government would remain vigilant.
“It is clear that the terrorism threat is real. The international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada,” said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
“That is why our government passed the anti-terrorism act… which enhances the ability of our police officers to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians.”
“The RCMP encourages citizens to remain vigilant and to report any information on terrorism or related suspicious activities to the National Security Information Network at 1-800-420-5805 or by contacting the police in their community.” Hmmm......Is it me or does the name sound Turkish? Read more here.