Canadian police make third terror arrest

AP News
Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:13 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police have arrested a third man in an alleged terrorist conspiracy.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that 21-year-old Suliman Mohamed has been charged with participating in the activity of a terrorist group.

On Friday, twin brothers linked to Mohamed, Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond, were charged with terrorism-related offences. Carlos Larmond was arrested Friday at Montreal's airport on charges of intending to travel overseas for terrorist purposes. A government official familiar with the matter said they were trying to get to Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Police declined to provide details.

A lawyer for the brothers said they plan to vigorously dispute the charges.

RCMP Chief Supt. Jennifer Strachan said the recent arrests underscore the reality that there are individuals in Canada who have become radicalized to a violent ideology.

In October, Canada was hit by two terror attacks by so-called "lone wolves" believed to have been inspired by the Islamic State group. In Ottawa, a gunman shot and killed a soldier at Canada's National War Memorial and then stormed Parliament before being gunned down.

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The attack in Ottawa came two days after a man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police. The man had been under surveillance by Canadian authorities, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Canada is taking part in the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.