Canadian immigration officials have arrested a Pakistani man who they say was plotting to attack the U.S. consulate and other buildings in Toronto’s financial district.
At a hearing, Canadian authorities said Jahanzab Malik, a self-proclaimed supporter of the DAISH (ISIL) and al-Qaeda who received weapons training in Libya, told an undercover police officer about his plans involving remote control explosives.
Malik, a 33-year-old who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2009, was arrested Monday. The Canadian government is looking to deport him. It wasn’t clear why he hasn’t been charged with any crimes. He was ordered kept in custody pending deportation.
In a summary of Wednesday’s hearing provided by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, government lawyers said Malik attempted to radicalize an undercover officer he had befriended by showing him video’s apparently of DAISH beheadings.
Prosecutors said Malik told the officer that he was a “personal friend” of radical US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011, but whose words remain influential in cyberspace.
Malik, who is detained at an Ontario jail, appeared at his detention review via video conference. He will appear for another detention hearing on Monday.
A lawyer for Malik didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney called him a “supporter of the ISIL” who was “allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Canada” and thanked authorities for their work.
It is relevant to add here that CIA and allied-Western intelligence agencies created ISIL from al-Qaida in Iraq and then expanded it to Syria. Saudi-led some Gulf monarchies of the GCC and Turkish regime also assisted the CIA and western intelligence. Therefore, it seems, Canadian officials now act upon damage control policy and cover up the plot because Yemense AQP slain leader was also a U.S. citizen and son of US-Saudi-allied Yemenese government minister.