On Friday morning, RCMP raided the homes of two Kingston, Ont., residents in connection with a terror plot.
One minor has been charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling someone to use an explosive or other lethal device to cause death or serious bodily injury. Another man, who has been identified as 20-year-old Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, has been arrested but not yet charged.
Here’s what we know so far about the ongoing investigation:
- In December 2018, Canadian officials received information from the FBI in the U.S. about an attack plot in Canada.
- Following the raids early Friday morning, one minor was arrested after RCMP alleged he tried to get someone to plant a bomb.
- RCMP said they found elements related to explosive devices in one of the homes.
- Hussam Eddin Alzahabi’s father spoke to CBC News following his arrest, shocked that his son would be accused of being connected with terrorist activity.
- The Alzahabi family is originally from Syria but has lived in Canada since 2017, arriving in the country through private sponsorship.
- For the past few weeks, RCMP has been flying a Pilatus PC-12 surveillance plane as part of their risk mitigation procedure, which caught the attention of several residents in the area.
- RCMP say the investigation is still ongoing but there is no risk to public safety.
- The agencies involved in the investigation include the RCMP, FBI, Kingston police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.
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