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Police: Man charged in Toronto stabbing cites Allah

Chief Mark Saunders speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 about the attack on two Canadian soliders at a recruitment centre in the city's north end on Monday. Police say a 27 year-old Canadian man, Ayanie Hassan Ali, said, “Allah told me to come here and kill people” at a double stabbing at a military recruitment center in Toronto. The suspect will appear in court later Tuesday to face charges.  (Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press via AP)

Chief Mark Saunders speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 about the attack on two Canadian soliders at a recruitment centre in the city's north end on Monday. Police say a 27 year-old Canadian man, Ayanie Hassan Ali, said, “Allah told me to come here and kill people” at a double stabbing at a military recruitment center in Toronto. The suspect will appear in court later Tuesday to face charges. (Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press via AP)

Police say a 27 year-old Canadian man said, "Allah told me to come here and kill people" at a double stabbing at a military recruitment center in Toronto.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says Ayanie Hassan Ali has been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, two weapons charges and one assault charge.

Saunders says the suspect walked into the center on Monday and began striking a uniformed Canadian Forces member at the front desk before slashing him on the right upper arm.

Saunders says police are investigating whether the attack was terrorism and that there's nothing to indicate the Montreal-born man was working with anyone.