In an incident unrelated to the violence in Brussels, Canadian police have detained a man on suspicion that his use of social media alerted them to the possibility of planned violence. Kevin Omar Mohamed has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Canada’s anti-terror laws, passed by the previous government, allow for the imposition of a peace bond as a preventative measure. If the courts deem that a person is likely to commit a terrorist act or travel abroad to receive training or to commit a terrorist act, that person may be placed on a peace bond. They would be required to surrender their passport and report regularly to police.
The 23 year old was arrested in the Ontario town of Waterloo when security police determined that there was a strong possibility that he was planning to leave the country to engage in terrorism overseas.
While the police were quick to point out that this arrest has no connection to the attacks in Brussels, the leaving of people from Canada to commit terrorist acts is of growing concern.
But violent extremism is a growing problem in Canada. About 180 people “with a nexus to Canada” are active in overseas terrorism — including 100 in Syria and Iraq alone, according to the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. National Post
The intelligence service estimates that there are about 60 people who are suspected of engaging in terrorist acts that have returned to this country.
It is believed that the arrested used the moniker Abu Jayyid on social media and showed himself to be sometimes a supporter of ISIL and sometimes anti-ISIL. The tweets of Abu Jayyid ceased on Friday, about the same time that Kevin Mohamed was arrested.
Blogger, gardener, farmer. Working toward food security and a 30 foot
diet. Addicted to reading. Love this planet, especially my little corner
on Vancouver Island, Canada