Doctor, hospital worker accused in Ottawa terror plot
Thursday, August 26, 2021 8:02 PM

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OTTAWA, Aug. 26, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Three people arrested for allegedly plotting terrorism attacks here had explosives and enough circuit board detonators for 50 bombs, police said at a news conference here Thursday afternoon.

"This group posed a real and serious threat to the citizens of Canada's national capital region," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Superintendent Serge Therriault, head of criminal operations division that protects the Canadian capital, told reporters.

He made the comments hours after two of the terror suspects made their first court appearance.

Therriault said police arrested x-ray technician Misbahuddin Ahmed, 26, and Hiva Alizadeh, 30, both of Ottawa, and 28-year-old Khurram Sher, a medical doctor living in London, Ontario, 200 kilometers west of Toronto.

All three men are Canadian citizens. They are accused of being involved in a conspiracy to commit "a violent terrorism attack."

Ahmen's wife was detained but was not charged. The couple has a six-month-old daughter, neighbors say.

Alizadeh, Ahmed and Sher have been charged with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity. They are also accused of raising money to fund terrorist attacks outside of Canada.

Alizadeh is also charged with being in possession of an explosive substance with intent to harm and providing property or financial services for the benefit of a terrorist group.

Therriault alleged the three arrested people conspired with three men who are being sought by police in Canada, as well as persons unknown in Canada and in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Dubai to commit terrorism-related offences.

He said at least one of the suspects traveled to the Pakistan- Afghanistan border to train at Taliban and al-Qaida camps.

Police said the terrorist cell planned to set off bombs in Ottawa.

Police raided two homes in Ottawa and one in London, Ontario Wednesday and seized computer equipment, documents and at least one automobile. At Thursday's news conference, police said they found "terrorist literature" and more than 50 electrical circuit boards that would have been used to detonate the bombs from a distance.

A year-long investigation by the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and local police dubbed "Operation Samosa" tracked a "domestic terrorist group" that intended to construct remote-controlled bombs and had amassed schematics, videos, books, and other material used to build the explosives, police said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is on a five-day tour of the North, told reporters Thursday in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, that Canada faces an array of security threats.

"The networks that threaten us are worldwide; they exist not only in remote countries but through globalization and the Internet," he said. "They have links in our country and all through the world."

This is the second raid on an alleged "home grown" terrorist cell in the past four years. In 2006, 18 young men were arrested in the Toronto area and accused of engineering a plot to attack on the Canadian parliament building and the bombing of the Toronto financial district.

Eleven of the men were eventually convicted and jailed.

The three men arrested Wednesday are being held in jail and will appear in court again September 1.

 

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