Saturday, June 03, 2006

Toronto terrorism threat

From today's Globe and Mail: "Police across the Greater Toronto Area launched counterterrorism raids yesterday, arresting at least eight people in a roundup expected to continue overnight and beyond."

Here are the specifics, as they are currently being reported: Local officers operated in conjunction with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). This may have been "the most concerted such sweep in Canada" since 9/11. The apprehended suspects "are Muslims, but not Arabs". They are "suspected of connections with al-Qaeda".

In a separate article, the Globe is reporting that the RCMP is alleging that "[a] terror attack potentially three times more devastating than the Oklahoma City bombing has been averted". The sweep raises "the spectre of homegrown terrorists striking Canadians from within our borders". The suspects "are Canadian residents from variety of backgrounds".

For more, see reports in the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun, as well as at the CBC.

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  • Will be curious how the "suspected" and "potential" evolve.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 AM  

  • Me, too, Heretik. They're suspects to be sure, but everything we know about them (most of it, anyway) comes directly from authorities. We're clearly not getting the full story.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 9:25 PM  

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