Canadian Police Lay Terror Charges Against Two Missing Canadians

News Agencies – March 15, 2011
The RCMP have charged two Canadians with terrorism-related offences in connection to a 2009 plot to blow up packed subway cars in New York. The RCMP allege that the al-Qaeda terrorists behind the plot were trained by a University of Manitoba student who has disappeared from Canada.
Ferid Imam vanished from Winnipeg in 2007 and is now suspected of being in the mountains of northwestern Pakistan. He is now being sought on terrorist-training charges as part of a new criminal case. The case, which alleges lesser offences by a second suspect, amounts to a crucial test of the reach of Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act. Passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it allows police to charge suspects who are suspected of committing terrorist offences outside Canada’s borders. The new case is the first time that the Mounties have charged someone with acts taking place entirely overseas.
Police hope the case against Mr. Imam – who faces a life sentence if he is caught and convicted of being a terrorist trainer – will alert the public about what they say is the growing threat posed by radicals from the West who want to join al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Five young Somali Canadians allegedly fighting for al-Shabab

Five friends, in their early to mid-20s, grew up and attended schools in Toronto, Canada. They spoke English and Somali. At least two of them were university students.The Star has learned Canadian intelligence officials were watching at least one of the young men several months before he mysteriously left home.

Mahad Dhorre, Mustafa Mohamed, Mohamed Abscir and a fourth we know only as Ahmed vanished the first week of November. A fifth, Ahmed Elmi, left his home in Scarborough about three months ago. A sixth man, an Afghan, who worshipped at the same mosque, is also reportedly missing.

Online propaganda – a mix of nationalist sentiment, religious ideology and tough talk – is enough to recruit young Somali men looking for a purpose and willing to take up arms in their homeland, say community leaders in Canada and the US RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers are investigating the disappearances, canvassing areas in Little Mogadishu and questioning families. Of the 20 or so Somali-Americans who have gone missing, at least five have been killed in Somalia. One died in a suicide bombing in October 2008, part of coordinated attacks that killed 20 people.

Canadian Muslim University Student Goes Missing

In the strange case of a devout Muslim student apparently kidnapped at gunpoint in an east-end Toronto suburb and not seen since, the plot looks to be thickening. Furqan Muhammad-Haroon, a 22-year-old electrical engineering student from the University of Toronto, vanished in what police are treating as an armed abduction, was recently charged in connection with the theft of computer gear from a former employer.

Police have received no ransom demand, nor any independent confirmation of the events that appear to have culminated in Mr. Muhammad-Haroon being forced off the road and kidnapped.

One of three brothers whose parents emigrated to Canada from Pakistan, the Toronto-born Mr. Muhammad-Haroon has no criminal record. The family made a tearful appeal to the public yesterday from the Islamic Foundation of Toronto mosque, urging anyone with information to call police. His disappearance, described as completely out of character, has stirred alarm in Scarborough’s Islamic community. The mosque issued an appeal for help after prayers on Sunday. Mohamed Mobeen, the mosque’s secretary and fund-raising chair, last year accompanied the missing man, together with his mother and one of his brothers, on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a journey all Muslims are expected to take at least once in their lives. Mr. Mobeen described Mr. Muhammad-Haroon’s conduct and morals as exemplary.