Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Allah told me to come here and kill people" chanted man who stabbed officers at Canadian Forces centre

Ayanle Hassan Ali, a 27-year-old born in Montreal  is accused of stabbing two members of Canada's military at a recruitment centre in Toronto on Monday and is now facing nine charges in connection with the attack.

According to Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders, Ali said, "Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people," during the attack.

When Saunders was asked if it was a terror attack, he said, "We're certainly looking into it," but cautioned against jumping to any conclusions. He noted it is too early to say if the accused was radicalized and urged the public against any anti-Islam sentiment in the wake of the attack.

David Burke, Ali's lawyer, told reporters, "This is a very, very serious incident and no one is going to pretend it's not. "It's a very, very difficult situation he finds himself in," Burke added. "He seems very scared."