Likely Islamic terrorist attack at Canadian Forces recruitment center in Toronto
Reports are emerging of a likely Islamic terrorism attack on two members of the Canadian military late Monday afternoon.
According to the Toronto Sun, the attacker may have uttered the phrase “Praise Allah”:
A brazen knife attack that sent two Canadian soldiers to hospital was disturbing enough, but police sources say it was the attacker uttering the word “Allah” that prompted Toronto Police to call in terror experts ...
“He appears to be of Middle Eastern decent and was presenting himself as if he is Muslim, but it is so early in the investigation and all of that needs to be confirmed,” said a police source.
[Police Chief Mark] Saunders said a man armed with a knife entered the building around 3:30 p.m. and injured a Forces member. Other employees in uniform subdued the man, but a second Forces member was injured in the process.
Additional reporting by the CBC indicates that the man walked into the recruitment center, pulled out a knife, and attacked the person behind the counter, and then attempted to move farther into the building but was taken down by a group of between six and eight soldiers.
Canada's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team has been called in to investigate the possible act of terrorism, and contact has been made with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
The potential terrorist attack comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other members of his Liberal government assured Canadians that there was negligible risk of Islamic terrorism in the nation and then embarked on a massive immigration program from Muslim-dominated countries. In recent months, more than 25,000 Syrian refugees were resettled in Canada.