Toronto police are investigating his motive, very careful “we don’t go do that Islamophobia nonsense.”
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From The Guardian: A Canadian man accused of stabbing two soldiers at a military recruitment centre in Toronto was heard saying “Allah told me to come here and kill people” during the incident, police said on Tuesday, but so far there is no indication he carried out the attack with the involvement of anyone else or any organization.
The man walked into the centre on Monday afternoon wielding a large knife, said Chief Mark Saunders of the Toronto police. He began striking a uniformed Canadian Forces member who was stationed near the entrance and slashed his right arm. The suspect then tried unsuccessfully to slash a female soldier. A group of six to eight soldiers managed to subdue the suspect until police arrived. Two military personnel were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and were later released.
Montreal-born Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, faces nine charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault. After a brief court appearance on Tuesday, his lawyer highlighted the seriousness of the charges. “It’s a very, very difficult situation he finds himself in,” said David Burke. “He just seems very scared right now and very unhappy to be in the situation he finds himself in right now.”
Burke refused to address whether his client was remorseful for his actions, instead urging the public to refrain from jumping to conclusions. “This is a very serious incident, nobody can deny that … but at the end of the day I think it does remain to be seen what kind of a person we are dealing with,” he said. Ali will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Friday.
Police said they are continuing to investigate whether terrorism was a possible motive for the attack, pointing to the words uttered by the suspect during the incident. “While at the scene, the accused stated that ‘Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people’,” said Saunders.
Saunders also cautioned against drawing conclusions from the details that have emerged so far about the case. “One of the things I want to be very careful of, when it comes to the national security piece, [is] that we don’t go do that Islamophobia nonsense,” said Saunders. “I don’t want this categorizing a large group of people; that will be very unfair and very inaccurate.”
(Read more at The Guardian)
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