TORONTO – Police say a Canadian man accused of stabbing soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto and then saying he did it at the behest of Allah is now facing nine terrorism charges.
Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27, was already facing nine counts filed by Toronto police at the time of his arrest in March, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday the terrorism charges are in addition to those charges.
The new ones include attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm, assault using a weapon and one count of carrying a weapon dangerous to the public, all for the benefit of a terrorist organization.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale declined to say whether any particular terrorist organization is implicated.
Police declined further comment. There soldiers were hurt, none seriously.
Ali was born in Montreal and later moved to Toronto.