Canada urges vigilance after ISIS video

2014-12-08 10:17


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Toronto - Canada's public safety minister on Sunday urged the country to be vigilant after the release of an online video in which a man believed to be a Canadian fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) called on Canadian Muslims to carry out lone wolf attacks.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity online, said ISIS released the video from the Canadian fighter identified as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi".

The National Post newspaper identified the man, who spoke in clear English, as John Maguire, a Muslim convert from the Ottawa area. It said he is believed to have travelled to Syria to join ISIS fighters.

In the video, the man urges Canadian Muslims follow the example of Martin Rouleau, a Muslim convert who on 20 October rammed two Canadian soldiers with a car near Montreal, killing one, before being killed by police.

The video also refers to a separate attack in Ottawa on 22 October, when a gunman shot dead a soldier guarding a national war memorial and stormed the country's Parliament building. That attacker was also shot dead by security services.

The attacks happened as Canada's military was stepping up its involvement in air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq. In September, another ISIS recording had urged supporters to attack citizens of countries that have joined the coalition to destroy the group.

"Terrorism remains a real and serious threat to Canadians, which is why we must remain vigilant," Canadian public safety minister Steven Blaney said in a statement in response to the video.

"That is why we are taking part in the coalition that is currently conducting air strikes."
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