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  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

    May 7, 2004
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    Canada charges 17 terror suspects

    [​IMG] Police said the suspects planned "al-Qaeda-inspired" attacks

    Police in Canada have arrested and charged 12 men who they say were planning an "al-Qaeda-inspired" bombing campaign in and around Toronto.
    Five other youths have also been charged, following an investigation involving more than 400 officers.
    Police seized bomb-making materials in a series of raids in Toronto, including three tons of ammonium nitrate.
    Officials said the group "posed a real and serious threat" with "the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks".
    Fifteen of the suspects appeared in a heavily guarded courtroom in Brampton, a Toronto suburb, on Saturday.
    Some family members sobbed during the hearing while others attempted to speak or wave to the detainees, Reuters news agency reports.
    A list of the names and addresses of the 12 adults, which was released after the arrests were made, indicates that they are all resident in Toronto or the surrounding province of Ontario.
    'Enough for three Oklahomas'
    Ammonium nitrate is a commonly used fertiliser which has also been used to make bombs.
    [​IMG][​IMG] One guy was doing some criminal activity, selling guns for money [​IMG]

    Aly Hindy
    Imam at a Toronto mosque who knows some of the accused

    "To put it in context, the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people was completed with only one ton of ammonium nitrate," said assistant commissioner Mike McDonell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Mounties.
    "Our investigation and arrests prevented the assembly of any bombs and the attacks from being carried out."
    Southern Ontario is one of the country's main economic and business centres.
    The Mounties would not name any of the suspected bombing targets.
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada had been targeted because of its way of life and "was not sheltered from the terrorist threat".
    "Today, Canada's security and intelligence measures worked. Canada's new government will pursue its efforts to ensure the national security of all Canadians," he added.
    'Violent ideology'
    Officials showed what they said was evidence of bomb-making materials, a computer hard drive, camouflage uniforms and what appeared to be a door with bullet holes in it.
    [​IMG] Police seized an array of bomb-making materials

    The Mounties and other government security agencies, including intelligence and border security, have been conducting a lengthy investigation, the largest of its kind in Canada.
    Police said those arrested on Friday were all Canadian residents "of different origins", most of them citizens - some were students, some employed, others unemployed.
    Most of the 12 adults, whose ages range from 19 to 43, have Arabic names.
    The suspects appeared to have "chosen a violent ideology inspired by al-Qaeda", said Luc Portelance, assistant director of operations for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada's spy agency.
    Aly Hindy, an imam at a Toronto mosque, said he knew most of the accused and believed one or two were involved in crime but not terrorism.
    "One guy was doing some criminal activity, selling guns for money," he was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency outside the courtroom. "But the problem is these days when a Muslim commits fraud, it becomes terrorism. When he commits stealing it becomes terrorism." More arrests are said to be possible.

    17 Are Arrested in Plot to Bomb Sites in Ontario [​IMG]

    Published: June 4, 2006
    OTTAWA, June 3 — Seventeen Canadian residents have been arrested and charged with plotting to destroy targets in Ontario with crude but powerful bombs and other terrorism-related offensives, the Canadian authorities announced Saturday.
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    [​IMG] Steve Russell/Toronto Star, via Associated Press
    A police officer stood guard in Pickering, Ontario, on Friday.

    At a news conference in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, the police and intelligence officials said they had been monitoring the group for some time and moved in to make the arrests on Friday after its members took delivery of three tons of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be transformed into an explosive when combined with fuel oil.
    "It was their intent to use it for a terrorist attack," said a Royal Canadian Mounted Police assistant commissioner, Mike McDonell. "If I can put this in context for you, the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people was completed with only one ton of ammonium nitrate."
    The 17 men — almost all in their teens or early 20's, with one 30-year-old and one 43-year-old — had planned to attack sites in the southern part of Ontario, the police said. They declined to identify specific targets, though they did dismiss reports in the news media that Toronto's subway system was on the list.
    The Toronto Star, citing an unnamed source, said the group had a list that included the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa as well as the Toronto branch office of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
    The suspects were arrested in a series of raids that began late on Friday night and continued until early on Saturday morning. All were taken to a heavily fortified police station in Pickering, Ontario, a city east of Toronto. Five suspects under the age of 18 were not identified by the authorities. The others were identified as Fahim Ahmad, 21; Zakaria Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30; Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43; Mohammed Dirie, 22; Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24; Jahmaal James, 23; Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19; Steven Vikash Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25; Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21; and Saad Khalid, 19.
    "They represent the broad strata of our society," Mr. McDonell said. "Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed."
    Luc Portelance, the assistant director of operations at the intelligence agency, said the group's members "appear to have become adherents of a violent ideology inspired by Al Qaeda." The police official, however, said that there was no evidence of links between the two groups.
    Both the police and a spokeswoman for the intelligence agency declined to say when they first became aware of the Canadian group. In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mayor David Miller of Toronto said he was given a confidential briefing about the group several months ago. It operated what the police called training camps for its members. At the news conference the police displayed military fatigues, army-style boots and two-way radios they said were used at the camps, although they would not disclose their location.
    The Toronto Star reported that the intelligence agency began monitoring Internet exchanges, some of which were encrypted, during 2004. According to the newspaper, the training camps took place north of Toronto. Members of the group, according to that account, often visited a popular Canadian chain of doughnut shops to wash up following their training sessions.
    The suspects were scheduled to appears at a court north of Toronto in Brampton, Ontario, Saturday afternoon. By late morning, all entrances to the Brampton courthouse were blockaded by steel barriers and the police. People entering the court were required to remove their shoes and were scrutinized at a series of three command checkpoints by tactical officers carrying heavy weapons and accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs.
    The arrests, Mr. McDonell said, were successful in shutting down the terrorist group.
    "All of us can say with confidence that this threat has been removed," he told the news conference.
    Both Toronto's mayor and Prime Minister Stephen Harper echoed that view.
    "These individuals were allegedly intent on committing acts of terrorism against their own country and their own people," Mr. Harper said in a statement. "Today, Canada's security and intelligence measures worked."

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  2. TSGB

    TSGB 1 ton status

    Apr 22, 2002
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    Centralia, Washington
    What the hell?

    Canada has something worth bombing? :screwy:
  3. CustomChevy

    CustomChevy 1/2 ton status

    Jun 29, 2005
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    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Sure do ... we also have cops smart enough to stop it before it happens ....

    or were your cops in on it ... i dont even rememeber anymore.

    wheres a canadian flag icon when I need it. *shakes fist*
  4. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

    May 7, 2004
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    Three tons of ton was used in Oklahoma City...IIRC. :eek1: :eek1: :eek1:

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