Canada on high alert after ISIS video threat
In the video, the man, identified as Abu Anwar al-Canadi urged Canadian Muslims to follow the example of Martin Rouleau
Canada’s public safety minister on Sunday urged the country be vigilant after the release of an online video in which a man believed to be a Canadian fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) called on Canadian Muslims to carry out lone wolf attacks, Reuters news agency reported.
“Terrorism remains a real and serious threat to Canadians, which is why we must remain vigilant,” Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said in a statement in response to the video.
“That is why we are taking part in the coalition that is currently conducting air strikes,” he said.
ISIS released the video from the Canadian fighter who was identified as “Abu Anwar al-Canadi,” the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity online, said.
The National Post newspaper identified the man, who spoke in clear English, as John Maguire, a Muslim convert from the Ottawa.
It said he is believed to have traveled to Syria to combat along ISIS fighters.
In the video, the man urges Canadian Muslims to follow the example of Martin Rouleau, a Muslim convert who on Oct. 20 rammed two Canadian soldiers with a car near Montreal, killing one, before being killed by police.
The video also refers to a separate attack in Ottawa on Oct. 22, when a gunman shot dead a soldier guarding a national war memorial and stormed the country’s Parliament building. That attacker was also shot dead by security services.
The attacks happened as Canada’s military was stepping up its involvement in air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq.
In September, another Islamic State recording had urged supporters to attack citizens of countries that have joined the coalition to destroy the group.